Globally renowned touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick, has taken up residency at the Great Northern Warehouse.
Heralded by CNN as a global ‘must-see exhibition’, The Art of the Brick has returned to the UK after five years touring around the world.
More than 75 pieces of art feature in the exhibition, which opened its doors on November 22. The exhibition focuses exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art form, with Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya creating pieces of art ranging from 3D sculptures to oversized portraits.
Mr Sawaya said:
“I like using LEGO bricks as a medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reaction to artwork created from something with which they are familiar.
“My goal is to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the LEGO® brick.
“The right angles. The distinct lines. But, from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines offer new perspectives, changing to curves.”
A spokesman for The Art of The Brick said seeing this exhibition will forever change your view of what these little bricks can achieve. Many of its key pieces have much to say about our world and how art relates to it. The exhibition has wowed audiences all over the world and is coming to Manchester after a five-year gap since it’s phenomenal London run.
Popular pieces include My Boy, Dinosaur and captivating recreations of iconic art, including the Mona Lisa. Never-before-seen in the UK pieces will also debut at the exhibition.
Centre Director for Great Northern, Mark Schofield, said:
“We’re proud to offer a fantastic roster of family-friendly activities at the Great Northern throughout the year and The Art of the Brick is the latest example of this.
“The Art of the Brick is one of the most exciting guests we’ve had and we can’t wait to make the Great Northern Warehouse a fantastic temporary home for a world-renowned modern art exhibition which is sure to delight those from Manchester and beyond between November and April.
“This is the first time the Exhibition has visited the UK in many years and we’re sure art fans and Lego lovers alike will pour into the city in order to check out these unique pieces.”
The Art of the Brick is based at Unit 5, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN.
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