Nathan Sawaya is a LEGO luminary. He has truly transcended the medium and turned LEGO bricks into LEGO art. His new book, The Art of the Brick, documents this journey.
The Art of the Brick isn’t just-another-LEGO-book
The Art of the Brick is not what I was expecting when No Starch Press asked me to review it. It’s very different from the other LEGO books I’ve read, and I loved it.
Nathan Sawaya has created a lot of LEGO art. I think my favorite piece he’s done is the one featured on the cover. I graduated from the University of Michigan, and I bleed Maize and Blue. I like to think I’d bleed Maize and Blue LEGO bricks though! This book chronicles Nathan’s journey from lawyer to world renowned LEGO builder. It also documents his ways of thinking; how he sees the world. And it documents much of his creative process.
This is why I find this book fascinating.
I am amazed by his bravery. He gave up, what I can only imagine to be a lucrative career, to follow his love of the LEGO brick and his love of creating art. Nathan’s story is inspirational to me. I hope you agree.
The book is full of beautiful pictures of his LEGO art which are accompanied by his thoughts on the piece; where the idea came from, what inspired him, how he did it, etc.
I highly recommend The Art of the Brick this gift giving season, and do not hesitate to rate it 5 out of 5 bricks!
What are some of your favorite LEGO books?
The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO
by Nathan Sawaya
October 2014, 248 pp.
From the Publisher
Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits—all made from LEGO bricks.
The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world’s most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.
Follow one man’s unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.
About the Author
Nathan Sawaya is the artist who first brought LEGO into the art world. He has more than 4 million tiny colored bricks in his New York and Los Angeles studios.
I am an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) and an active member of the Michigan LEGO User Group (MichLUG). I have loved LEGO for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on the following models:
– UCS Millenium Falcon
– Emmett’s Apartment Building
– Gringott’s Bank