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Art

LEGO Batmobile: Not LEGO Art We Need, LEGO Art We Deserve

Matt Lawrence | PopWrapped Author

Matt Lawrence

10/08/2015 8:39 am
LEGO Batmobile: Not LEGO Art We Need, LEGO Art We Deserve | Batmobile
Media Courtesy of Metro UK

Nathan Sawaya is an artist who works with bricks. You know, the plastic building bricks everyone knows. All apologies to those whose childhood did not include LEGOs -- and, no, Duplo is not even close to just a bigger version, so please just stop.

So what? What is so special about a grown man -- a former corporate lawyer, in fact -- who now plays with a child's toy? Sawaya does not play; he builds masterpieces -- in particular, an 18-foot Batmobile! Let me just type that again just to reaffirm, Nathan Sawaya built an 18-foot Batmobile with LEGOs!

Sawaya has several exhibits going on throughout Europe in anticipation for the upcoming installment titled: "The Art of the Brick: DC Comics", which will be displayed in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum starting on November 20 and ending on May 1, 2016.

The Batmobile sculpture was not just a solo effort, however; Sawaya had a blueprint from an actual DC artist! Jim Lee, a DC co-publisher, fielded ideas at a comic con then drew the sketch right there for Sawaya. “This is a dream project,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the Batmobile! What other vehicle is so iconic?”

Sawaya, in part, explained the process of building the sculpture:

So as that was how this all started. I used his drawing as a bit of a blueprint to come up with the actual Lego structure and then created this Batmobile brick by brick.

Nathan Sawaya: thank you for showing all of us that sometimes the most beautiful artwork is inspired by the kid in us.

Check out his website for a list of current "Art of the Brick" exhibitions, along with future dates.


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