Build it brick by brick

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The art of the brick, The Old Truman Brewery, 26 September – 4 January

Just off Brick Lane in the Truman Brewery Lego takes on a new form. But don’t expect to see any castles, rather go to see 75 pieces of art. Nathan Sawaya spent 4,188 hours to build these pieces at his exhibition The art of the brick creating a T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

The exhibit starts with an introductory video from Sawaya – inspirational and very American – explaining that you can create anything you want if you put your mind to it, because after all “Dreams are built … one brick at a time,” according to the artist.

You then go through a maze of dark rooms with Lego sculptures lit perfectly with each brick glistening. For Europeans, I’m not sure if this exhibition is going to be all that the media has said: one of the world’s 10 must-see exhibitions, only because the ‘real’ art is just around the corner.

Yes, it’s impressive that he’s re-created Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Starry Night and Michelangelo’s David, but really nothing compares to the real thing, especially with Lego.

Children will like the exhibition, I think my nephews in particular would be fascinated, but adults may find it to be a bit tedious, especially with the £16.50 ticket price on weekends.

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