Brick Fanatics has received further details about the upcoming UK hosting of Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes. The talented LEGO artist is bringing his latest exhibition to London to share some unique LEGO interpretations of classic DC characters with a British audience.
Following a successful run in Madrid, THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES makes its London debut on 1st March 2017. The contemporary art exhibition will be shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank, home to the capital’s cultural quarter. Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the well-known and celebrated artist Sawaya has created the world’s largest collection of artwork inspired by DC’s Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more.
Through a series of immersive galleries, THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES showcases Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout DC Super Heroes mythology including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil.
To kids and adults who love LEGO, Sawaya is a bit of a super hero. For the last decade, the former lawyer- turned- artist has elevated the simple toy to highly sought-after artwork, and has inspired countless kids to think outside of the box. Sawaya has turned to the stories of super heroes for his own inspiration in this exhibition — THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES – that features LEGO sculptures that emulate DC’s legendary characters, vehicles, surroundings and themes that are present in the DC mythology.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES exhibition includes more than 120 original pieces, created exclusively from LEGO bricks, including a life-size Batmobile (5.5 meters) and built from half a million standard pieces. Sawaya has captured on a real scale some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, exploring more than 80 years of history.
“Just like Superman, we all have our own story. This art collection is based on the elements of the journey of a super hero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure,” explains Sawaya. “I can’t wait to return to London with THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES following the warmth of the welcome THE ART OF THE BRICK received in 2014.”
“As a kid I spent Saturday mornings sitting on the floor playing with LEGO and watching the DC Super Friends cartoons. I would imagine the people in my LEGO city would have super powers and could defeat any evil nemesis – which usually meant my sister’s dolls. So this new collection of artwork is a dream come true for me. It is an honour to re-imagine these seminal characters and stories in a new way, through my medium of choice,” Sawaya said.
“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Nathan on this unique and fascinating global touring exhibition, that combines DC icons with LEGO, in an immersive entertainment experience,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Whether you’re a comic fan, a LEGO fan, or an art fan, there is something for everyone in this signature exhibition.”
“Kuma is excited to be bringing Nathan Sawaya’s work back to the UK, and many of our team were also part of the promotional team that brought THE ART OF THE BRICK here in 2014. We know first-hand how his art inspires and engages the visitor, and are looking forward to bringing the experience of THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES to London,” said Kuma CEO Paul Gregg.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES is in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment. The exhibition holds true to the creative disciplines of Sawaya’s original touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, which encourage inspiration, education and participation and has been seen by millions of people in more than 75 cities across six continents. Award-winning and record-breaking, CNN rated it as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions.”