Lego = Art?

Question: Can you make art out Lego?  Answer: Yes.  Next question.

This is Nathan Sawaya and he is a “Brick Artist”.  Only a true brick artist could create a magnificent, jumbo sized red tailed hawk out of tiny little legos.  On his website (, he says that he can’t say who commissioned him to do this piece, but that “…the person is a good skateboarder.  Probably the best.”  I suppose it will remain a mystery forever. 

He also did this one, which despite being very impressive, is a little creepy (especially if he keeps it in his house… extra especially if he keeps it in his bedroom)

Here is a picture mashup of some of his other amazing sculptures that have been featured in museums and galleries in North America, Asia, and Australia: 



Aside from the realization that I should have spent more time playing with Lego as a kid and become a Brick Artist, I have also realized that Lego can now be added to my growing list of things that can be art and that this list will probably have no limits or end.  Here is how an art critic explained it: “Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy 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”. 

Does this count too?

Because that’s about the extent of my Lego creating abilities, and I have a feeling it doesn’t quite make the cut to qualify me as a Brick Artist…

I have had some other interesting art shared with me, and I’ll put it in a post sometime soon, so keep it coming.  As for my art, I haven’t had much time for it this summer with work being very busy, but I’ll leave you with a picture whose story I don’t fully know:

What I do know: the Platypus King is about to make an important announcement. 
What I do not know: what is he about to tell them?

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Zoo Showdown

This Saturday I went to a big parade, did some (lots?) of day drinking, and proceeded to be incredibly unproductive for the rest of the weekend.  By “unproductive” I mean I watched a lot of Glee on Netflix.  That could be considered productive depending on your definition, but either way, big fail on the blog post this weekend.  So Monday post it is! 

This week’s picture is of a zoo rivalry that has been going on for quite some time.  Once a year, the animals get excited to show off the very best of what they have to offer in the annual Zoo Showdown.  It is a busy day starting at dawn with a line-up of contest events that animals can enter into such as ‘most camouflaged’ (always hard to judge because they usually can’t find the participants), ‘fanciest stripes’ (always a tough battle between the tigers and zebras), ‘spot the mouse’ (usually dominated by the hawks), ‘aquatic relay’ (open to marine mammals and fish), and ‘best food thief’ (always a toss up between seagulls and squirrels).  The soundtrack of the day features such pump-up tracks as ‘Eye of the Tiger”, “The Final Countdown”, and the theme from Rocky, played on repeat over the zoo’s speaker system to keep energy up and competitive motivation at a max.  One of the most anticipated events is the “long legs, long neck” contest.  And this year, the flamingo was tired of being the runner up.

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