Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Art of the Brick

My brother and I went to see the Lego Art exhibition at the Ambassador this morning.  US artist Nathan Sawaya uses Lego bricks create wonderful and unique sculptures and artwork.  Despite the Ambassador being used for an exhibition space for ages, I haven't been in there since it was a cinema (Sliding Doors, if I remember correctly!)

Tickets were a pricey €17 per adult.  But the art is amazing.  We particularly enjoyed that each blurb for each piece includes a brick count.

There's an audio guide included with the entry.  I can take or leave audio guides, since they are often too long but I'm pleased to report this one is short, snappy and to the point.  Most sculptures have a piece of audio but it's no longer than a minute.

Sawaya has copied some famous paintings and recreated them in Lego as well as creating his own compositions.  He's also done portraits of some artists including Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan.

Though my photo is blurry (no flash allowed), this lifesize sculpture a T-rex is the piece de resistance.  It has to be seen to be believed.

If it has a flaw, it's that the show is quite small.  We spent just half an hour, and went through everything twice.  Our timing would have helped.  Certainly if you're viewing the exhbition with children and later in the afternoon, I could see it taking much more time to go around, as you'd have to wait for people to clear off to see certain parts.  There's a small giftshop at the end with a lot of Lego on sale but I'd guess you would find better value around the corner in Smyths.

The Art of the Brick runs until 22nd June and tickets are available online or at the door.