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Well-known Lego brick sculptor coming to Utah

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A world-renowned Lego brick artist is bringing his fun, yet thought-provoking work to Park City.

Nathan Sawaya, 39, started playing with Lego bricks as a child, but unlike most of us, never stopped. His sculptures are life-size and made out of hundreds of thousands of tiny Lego bricks.

His work will be on display at the Kimball Art Center in a free show that runs from Feb. 9 to April 21. Sawaya will be at a members-only opening event Feb. 8 that people can attend by buying a yearlong membership that is $25 for kids and educators and $50 for adults.

This will be his second show at the center, said Robin Marrouche Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center. Sawaya attracted some of the largest crowds the facility has ever had in 2009 with art that appeals to both young children and adults, she said.

"On one hand, it's fun and playful with these humungous statutes made out of these toys we all played with," Marrouche said. "But there is also this really interesting subtext."

In a piece named "Yellow," Sawaya has created a sculpture of a man opening his chest, with tiny Lego bricks falling out. In another, called "Think," tiny Lego men are climbing out the top of a man's head.

Other pieces, however, are just playful and fun, such as a life-size bumble bee and yellow bear.

The show features 29 sculptures and six wall hangings, ranging in size from 18 inches to nearly 7 feet. Children are amazed when they see the massive sculptures, which typically are made of 15,000 to 25,000 Lego bricks, Marrouche said. They often want to grab the bricks.

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