We know what you're thinking: Legos as art. Yeah, right. If by art you mean sweet-ass minihelicopters or little Death Stars or any of the other bazillion machines that Legos have built over the past 60 years, then, yes, Legos can be art. But aside from bad-ass dinosaurs and completely frickin' amazing robots with souls, no one ever makes much out of Legos that could be thought of as, you know, alive. Enter Nathan Sawaya, whose large-scale, painstaking Lego sculptures focus on the human form in a way that will change your view of interlocking toy bricks. Forget the little swivel-headed Vikings and pirates and Stormtroopers that you affix to various ships: Sawaya will render a life-size, self-rending human torso; a replica Mount Rushmore; an oversize human heart; and yes, a rad-ass Tyrannosaur. We're sure you'd pull the same wizardry if you had 1.5 million blocks in your studio too.
July 15-Aug. 15, 2010