Brick by Brick: LEGO wonders reimagined in Melbourne’s art scene

By Our Reporter

Melbourne prepares to welcome back a familiar favourite, transformed and more captivating than ever. The Art of the Brick, a spectacular LEGO-based exhibition, has captured the imaginations of over 10 million people globally and is now set to dazzle Melbourne audiences once more. This renowned displ, spearheaded by Nathan Sawaya, a former New York City corporate lawyer turned eminent LEGO artist, is slated to open its doors at The Showgrounds on 19 April 2024.

The Art of the Brick Immersive Experience brings together more than one million LEGO bricks in over 100 unique creations. These aren’t mere static displays; they form a dynamic 360-degree environment that promises a multisensory journey through colour, form, and sound. Following its debut in Melbourne in 2011, Sawaya’s vision has expanded, now incorporating a vibrant immersive element that enriches his already stunning sculptures.

Having toured 100 cities in 24 countries, this exhibition redefines what LEGO can represent, transforming it from a child’s toy to a medium of sophisticated, large-scale art. Nathan Sawaya’s dual distinction as both a LEGO Master Model Builder and a LEGO Certified Professional is unparalleled, further solidifying his unique position in the art world.

This return to Melbourne is particularly significant. “We are thrilled to bring the Art of The Brick Immersive Experience to Melbourne. This city’s vibrant culture and appreciation for the arts make it the perfect home for our exhibition,” expressed Sawaya. His enthusiasm is not just about showcasing his creations but also about engaging with a community known for its robust cultural scene.

The exhibition’s highlights are diverse and intriguing. Visitors will encounter the iconic Yellow, a colossal interpretation of Sawaya’s famous sculpture, along with an installation of 250 kinetic LEGO skulls. Another standout is Perniciem, a 400-square-metre immersive gallery resulting from a collaboration with Australian photographer Dean West. It presents endangered species within their natural habitats, crafted entirely from LEGO bricks.

Additionally, Infinity Rainbow offers an exploratory journey through the weather’s various states, complete with seven life-sized sculptures, each representing a different colour of the rainbow. Larger Than Life, another immersive gallery, features some of the largest LEGO sculptures ever constructed, including a 30-foot Big Swimmer and an encompassing 360-degree digital projection that further amplifies the visual spectacle.

The Interactive & Shop section of the exhibition allows guests to add their personal touch by colouring their favourite LEGO sculpture and watching it animate in 3D on the gallery’s large screen. It’s an engaging activity that blurs the lines between viewer and creator, complemented by the opportunity to purchase exclusive LEGO sets as souvenirs.

Nathan Sawaya’s exhibitions, under the banner ART OF THE BRICK, have consistently broken attendance records worldwide, redefining perceptions of both LEGO bricks and art itself. His exhibitions are not only a display of technical skill and boundless creativity but also a celebration of the whimsical and reflective qualities of art.

As The Art of the Brick makes its grand return to Melbourne, it stands as a beacon of creativity and innovation, promising an unforgettable experience for art enthusiasts and LEGO lovers alike, ensuring that each visitor leaves with a renewed appreciation for the potential of these ubiquitous plastic bricks.

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