Patrons of this year’s SDCC were able to get a behind the scenes look at several of Nathan’s sculptures that will start their world tour in Sydney, Australia later this month. During the DC Comics Meets LEGO Art panel, Sawaya and Comic Book Artist, Jim Lee, along with DC fans had a live collaboration on a new, unique, Batmobile design to be showcased during The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibit.
Nathan was kind enough to provide a little Q&A and pictures of some of his work for those interested in the upcoming exhibit:
Q: Why do you use LEGOs as your medium?
A: I like to use LEGO Bricks because it makes the art very accessible. Using a medium that everyone can relate to, everyone snapped together at some point in their lives, really makes the art available so people can connect with it.
Q: How do hope the fans will react?
A: People might see a marble statue and they can really appreciate that statue. When they go home at night it is very doubtful they’ll have a slab of marble they can start chipping away at but people have LEGO bricks at home. When they see my art hopefully they’re inspired and when they get home they take out their LEGO bricks and snap a few together.
Q: What inspired you to create the exhibition, The Art of the Brick: DC Comics?
A: I wanted to take a critical view of Good vs Evil and I had this opportunity to work with DC Comics who has the world’s greatest superheroes and also the world’s greatest supervillains. It made perfect sense when I’m thinking about Good and Evil as an artistic concept, to bring in those superheroes and supervillains for a whole exhibition.
Q: What was it like creating LEGO sculptures of Batman and the Batmobile?
Batman: I’ve done human forms for years out of Legos but capes were a challenge because you are creating fabric out of this very thick plastic block and it doesn’t always come together easily. Different characters require different methods to get them to look the right way. Working on something like Batman you really have to think about the whole costume, the boots, the belt, even the gloves. Everything has a little bit of Batman-ness to it.
Batmobile: I’m really excited about taking on the Batmobile as a project here in the studio. There have been so many iterations of the Batmobile, in comics, in movies, in Television and now I have the change to create my OWN Batmobile and hopefully with the help of Jim Lee we’ll come up with a design that is brand new that the world’s never seen before.
Q: What can fans expect and what do you want them to take away from the experience?
A: I want them to feel like they’ve been on a journey where they’ve seen the light and the dark, the good and the evil and they’ve really experienced what it is to be a hero. We talk about the Art of the Brick inspiring the artist within and I want this new exhibition to inspire the hero within.
Here are a few more images of what you can expect to see at on the world tour of Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick: DC Comics.
If you happen to be in the Sydney, Australia area between November 21, 2015 and May 1, 2016 you can get tickets to see the Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibit. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of Applied Arts & Science website.
About Nathan Sawaya:
Nathan Sawaya is a former lawyer, turned award-winning LEGO brick artist. His LEGO exhibitions have broken attendance records around the world. In 2014 he started The Art Revolution Foundation in an effort to make art a higher priority at school and at home.
If you are curious about work that Sawaya has done you can check out his site BrickArtist.com. It has a complete listing of past, current, and future exhibits.
If you are interested in the history of LEGO and want to see what the LEGO community has been up to for all these year you can rent A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY on iTunes. You will not be disappointed.