Building a New Life: Art of the Brick amazes and inspires

Life in the world of corporate law can be challenging, if not soul-sucking. Drafting, reviewing ,and filing documents for people who can afford to pay your exorbitant fees can take its toll on even the most legally-inclined. Many lawyers burn out and either jump ship to work for one of their former clients or to swim in the sea of unemployment for a while.

Nathan Sawaya took a different tack, building upon a childhood passion to make a name and a lie for himself and to inspire others to not be afraid to take it all apart and start over. At the new exhibit at Faneuil Hall, “The Art of the Brick,” guests can be amazed, challenged, and encouraged by Sawaya’s wondrous works.

Eschewing the pre-shaped blocks that make today’s Lego sets so impressive (yet so relatively easy and rote), Sawaya also continued to throw out the instructions and to build his own visions in his own ways. The results range from impressive replicas of such famous artworks as “American Gothic: “and “The Scream” to overwhelming recreations of a giant Moai head from Easter Island comprised of over 70,0000 gray blocks.

In addition to Sawaya’s spot-on copies of some of the world’s most beloved and iconic images, “Brick” also displays his original creations, many of which are both visually stunning and mentally and emotionally affecting. From a series of brightly colored skulls that combine childhood with death to a Lego man literally tearing himself open to allow the bricks inside of him to spill out, Sawaya reveals a side of him that seems more aligned with psychology than law. In the process, he also reveals what sticking to your dreams can do and how one little brick can start a movement.

All together, the exhibit uses literally hundreds of thousands of hand-placed bricks and comprises the largest exhibit of its kind in the world! Towards the end, guests are invited t participate and even to sign their names to individual bricks which then become part of the world-touring show. Before that happens, be sure to come by historic Faneuil Hall to see this history-making exhibit.

– Matt Robinson

Tickets at 866 276 9458 / www.bostonbricks.comlego