(Morristown, NJ) This November, incredible LEGO sculptures created by Nathan Sawaya are returning to the Morris Museum for a new exhibition. The Morris Museum is pleased to announce the opening of The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya, which will be on view from November 14, 2013 through March 9, 2014. While Sawaya's art is on display, a special area will be set up where visitors can create their own sculptures out of the iconic toy. Several special programs are planned, including a series of building workshops featuring LEGO building blocks.
Featuring more than thirty sculptures never
before seen at the Morris Museum, The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya is one
of the most popular art exhibits currently touring the globe. Sawaya has
taken the small-scale toy and transformed it into an art medium all its
own, resulting in awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures. The
collection on display at The Morris Museum includes Sawaya's early work
in mixed media with X-Ray, a human figured created from recycled bricks
featuring a transparent heart. Also on display will be an exquisite
example of a 3D sculpture that integrates 2D imagery in a sculpture
titled Puddle. Sawaya's most iconic work of a man ripping his chest
open, Yellow, will be making an encore appearance and continues to be a
About Nathan Sawaya
is a New York-based artist who creates whimsical and awe inspiring works
of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the
world, LEGO bricks. Sawaya's ability to transform this common building
block into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and
the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost
every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.
museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of
us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.
Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children
have at home. My goal with every exhibition is to elevate this simple
plaything to a place it has never been before."
Born and raised in
the Pacific Northwest, Sawaya moved to New York City to attend college
at New York University. Following his undergraduate work, he went to NYU
law school and became an attorney. It was then that he rediscovered his
childhood passion for LEGO, not as a toy, but rather as a medium.
Sawaya has more than 4 million colored bricks in his New York and Los
Angeles art studios. His work takes shape primarily as three-dimensional
sculptures and oversized portraits. For more information on Nathan
Sawaya and The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya, visit www.brickartist.com .
November 14, 2013 to March 9, 2014, the Morris Museum is offering
special programs for visitors. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.371.3706.
Building Workshop: Balloon Powered Brick Car
Saturday, November 23, 10:00am and 11:30am
Members $6, Non-members $8
the Model Railroad to learn more about power sources, and then make
your own balloon powered brick car with LEGO building blocks.
Registration is required and space is limited. A materials list will be
provided with registration. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.
Building Workshop: Brick Bridge
Saturday, December 7, 10:00am and 11:30am
Members $6, Non-members $8
to build a brick bridge with LEGO building blocks. Will it be stable
enough to support weight? Registration is required and space is
limited. Materials provided by the Morris Museum. Appropriate for ages 6
About the Morris Museum
years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and
cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber
exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also
offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford
Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings.
serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a
Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts' Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum
in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in
2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Morris Museum is a
Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military
personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia
Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In
addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second
and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the museum is $10 for
adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is
always free for Museum members and is free to the public every second
and third Thursday of the month between 4:00 and 8:00pm. For more
information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org .