Sawaya told The Salt Lake Tribune that he began making the Lego brick sculptures as a stress reliever during his off time when he was a corporate attorney in New York. He created a website — brickartist.com — and did his first show in 2007. Since then, he's displayed his work around the world and been featured on The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman and the Colbert Report.
He spends more than $100,000 yearly buying Lego bricks and has more than 1.5 million pieces in his New York studio, Marrouche said. He sometimes spends weeks on a sculpture.
"It's very therapeutic to just sit and work hours at a time," Sawaya told the Tribune. "I just put on music, and to me, it's part of the process. I go into it knowing that it's going to take time."
The exhibit is certainly unique in its broad appeal, Marrouche said. Since his last show in Park City, children and adults have been asking when he's coming back.
"It's pretty universal, our love of Legos," Marrouche said. "For him to have converted that into an art medium is pretty special."