By Chris Higgins
In «The Art of the Brick,» now open in Portland, Oregon, artist Nathan Sawaya builds masterpieces.
1. Circle torso, square torso, triangle torso
Piece counts: 10,305, 9957, and 9147, respectively.
2. Yellow (Front)
Sawaya’s best-known piece, featuring 11,014 bricks. Sawaya writes that kids like it «probably because yellow guts spilling onto the floor looks cool.»
3. Yellow (Back)
The piece looks just as impressive from behind. Sawaya writes, «For me, this piece is about the metamorphosis I have been through on my journeys.»
4. Red umbrella
Featuring 4628 bricks, this hangs above the gallery on wires.
5. Artist’s studio
This artist’s setting in the corner of a gallery room looks ordinary from a distance, but is shocking up close. Everything you see here is made from LEGO bricks. The drawers on the right and even the floor are all bricks!
6. Peace symbol
The piece used 3720 bricks. Sawaya writes, «What does it take to create Peace? All the colors in the world working together, of course!»
Sawaya writes, «This piece is literally my nightmare.» Uses more than 15,000 bricks.