The Art of the Brick: LEGO Art at the Mansfield Art Center

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The Art of the Brick was a recent display at the Mansfield Art Center. Nathan Sawaya created art using LEGO bricks. The show was so popular it was held over for a few more weeks. The beauty of the show was its family appeal and hands on activities for parents and children alike.

Sawaya does what other artists do. He takes a common medium and transforms it into something new, something different and something greater than the sum of its parts. The difference is that instead of clay, paper or metal, he chooses to use a toy.

The beauty of LEGO bricks is that they are designed to be taken apart and re-used indefinitely. They drawback of LEGO bricks, to the sculptor, is that they are designed to be taken apart. In order to create permanent sculptures, Sawaya uses a special glue (Sawaya says it’s a special plastics adhesive he made with goat milk and elf tears). Each brick is glued in place to ensure the structural integrity of the pieces as they travel from place to place. Because the pieces are glued, correcting the occasional mistake requires pliers and chisels. For more info go to

The mission of The Mansfield Art Center is to make the visual arts relevant to the lives of all people in north central Ohio. To accomplish this The Mansfield Art Center shall: 1) Bring visual art to the people through exhibitions programming; 2) Bring visual art out of the people through classes, workshops, and creative experiences; 3) Provide educational outreach through programs, lectures, tours, and school services; and 4) Provide support and services to visual artists.The Mansfield Art Center. 700 Marion Ave. Mansfield, OH 44906, Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Closed Monday, Phone: 419-756-1700; Fax: 419-756-0860



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