Friday, May 21, 2010

Could this be the beginning of a LEGO art school?

Brick artist (and LEGO: A Love Story cover designer) Nathan Sawaya was just outside Philadelphia earlier this week to talk to an art class at Palisades High School about the process of building a LEGO sculpture (pictured above).

Sawaya is at the front of a potential new art movement -- wherein LEGO bricks are the medium for creating sculptures. His pieces are meant to inspire questions and an emotional response, whether displayed in a gallery or outside a high school. And if this is how kids become more interested in the arts, perhaps, it's a movement that should be taken more seriously. If kids can learn about Shakespeare through a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen-esque comic book mash-up, then why can't LEGO bricks be their first form of artistic impression?

You had a good run clay, but it's time to step aside for the plastic bricks.

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