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20 Incredible LEGO Artworks by Nathan Sawaya

Some artists use paint, others bronze, but Nathan Sawaya chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. The former corporate lawyer quit his job in 2001 to focus on becoming the world’s foremost LEGO artist.

With more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio, Saway’s sculptures take many forms.

Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick. It’s the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002. More information on the tour, dates and locations can be found here.

A full-time freelance artist, Sawaya accepts commissions from individuals, corporations, and … well just about anyone with a good idea! He’s also available to design and build custom creations at events, photo shoots and conventions.

So let Sawaya know what you have in mind, he says, that there are literally no limits to what he can create out of LEGO.

To make this article even more interesting – we’ve also added some interesting facts about LEGO bricks underneath the pictures. Hope you like it – enjoy!

P.S.: if you want to build something similar to Nathan’s artworks, you can get your LEGO bricks at Amazon.

1. Heartfelt

February 2009

35″ x 13″ x 28″

+The number of combinations you can build are practically endless. With just six 8-stud LEGO bricks you can build over 102 million combinations!

2. Underneath

March 2009

21″ x 30″ x 17″

+It is estimated there are about 50-60 Lego bricks for every person on the planet.

3. Blue

January 2006

42″ x 34″ x 18″

+Kids around the world spend around 5 billion hours playing with Lego.

4. Yellow

February 2006

35″ x 13″ x 28

+The Lego Company is based out of Denmark, and the word Lego comes from the Danish word Leg Godt which means “play well”.

5. Circle Triangle Square

April 2009

72″ x 70″ x 16″

+Lego bricks have been used in engineering and other technical fields to do real design and science.

6. Think!

November 2008

42″ x 26″ x 22″

+7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers every second around the world.

7. Mt. Rushmore Replica

February 2009

59″ x 25″ x 29″

As selected by the fans through the “What Should Nathan Make?” adventure, he created his rendition of the Gutzon Borglum’s most famous sculpture, otherwise known as Mt. Rushmore.

8. Rebirth of New Orleans

December 2006

66″ x 42″ x 64″

Nathan Sawaya was commissioned to build a large sculpture for the celebration of the rebirth of New Orleans.The piece took him over six weeks to build and he used over 120,000 LEGO elements. It’s permanently on display in the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.

9. Hands

August 2009

22″ x 39″ x 25″

+Children around the world spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.

10. Gray

March 2006

45″ x 45″ x 15″

+More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949. Stacked on top of each other, this is enough to connect the Earth and the Moon ten times over.

11. Hand

January 2006

7″ x 21″ x 6″

12. Life size Replicas

October 2008

Nathan even made himself out of LEGO bricks. By the way, he is also offering the chance to purchase a replica of you or your loved one exclusively through the Neiman Marcus 2008 Gift Book. You can order one here.

The price is just $60,000.00.

13. Iwo Jima Replica

September 2006

75″ x 75″ x 68″

This is a replica of the flag raising at Iwo Jima – a permanent installation at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

14. Grasp

December 2008

30″ x 67″ x 30″

15. Green

July 2008

27″ x 70″ x 15″

16. Sing

February 2008

31″ x 56″ x 15″

17. Mask

January 2008

29″ x 71″ x 24″

Mask is currently on display at the Avant Gallery in Miami.

18. Reflection

August 2006

28″ x 48″ x 20″

19. Stop, Look and Live

October 2008

20. Red

August 2005 | 24″ x 49″ x 26″

P.S.: if you want to build something similar to Nathan’s artworks, you can get your LEGO bricks at Amazon.

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  • Koma

    @nunya and uh-huh Just because you can’t do it doesn’t mean it’s photoshopped

  • mybowlisonfire

    this is incredible you should have these put into a show or museum. thats truely awesome

  • jared

    iif you think someone actually built all of these out of legos you r retarded!

  • jared

    rebirth of new Orleans is pathetic looks so fake… if you don’t want ppl saying these are fake if they acctually r real then get a high def camera or somthing to make these statues not look so pathatic and photo shopped

  • Kacy

    wow!those r insane! i wish i cood do dat

  • http://none tom

    Lego was my favorite game in my childhood, but Nathan Sawaya hasn’t grown up :)

  • Tanzanette

    1. For Hux – just because someone can do something that you can’t, doesn’t mean it’s “the devil’s work.” Kindly stop ramming your religion down people’s throats.

    2. No way is this photoshopped – for a start, it would take longer to photoshop them than to actually make them.

    and 3. Wow these are amazing!!!

  • Tanzanette

    “A seeker of the truth” – I’m sorry, someone needs to get you to a mental health clinic…or a jail cell… fast. Homocidal, much?!

  • tyler

    I really don’t get the logic behind people saying its photoshopped…its lego. Its really not that hard to imagine. Have you even used photoshop before? Fuck your probably all newfags.

  • tyler

    Just read “A seeker of truth” ‘ comment…Holy shit your retarded man.

  • John

    Wow! @__@


  • frenchy20225

    how about the lego house built by James May. thats one extraordinary Legos art work !

    check it out

  • Impressed by art appalled by idiots

    First off pr0f3ss1on4l sh0pp3r theres a reason numbers and letter are used for different purposes. Ive seen 2year old write more legible sentences. Learn English Jackass

    Now more importantly: Of course this looks pixilized. pixels are little squares of color and guess what Legos are little colored squares. huh i wonder why they look similar. How could someone possible get museum exhibits with photoshopped art?? And why are you all such dicks that you can’t respect this mans clear talent. I’m no photoshop expert ( quite the opposite really) But I expect that if these types of images were so easy to create we would see a lot more floating around.


  • Jeff

    Amazing and very creative!

  • Nathan

    Gaiz, gaiz.

    On a second note, I really love this. Please continue!

  • Melanie

    you guys must have had a lot of leg0

  • Melanie

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That would take a lot of hard work and lots of time!

  • Josh

    I am really surprised so many people think these are faked and Photoshop images. For what it is worth, I saw his museum exhibit in Park City, UT and it is incredible. I like the idea of adults still playing with Legos, it certainly allows the mind to be creative.

    There are quite a few more pieces that he has done which are not shown here, so keep an eye out for more of his work to be making the rounds.

  • rich

    Exhibit opens in Scranton, PA, Feb.5.-come see for yourself if it’s photoshopped…

  • orkut scraps

    excellent artworks ….fantastic and coooolll

  • Cynthia

    I am kinda disappointed to see no women lego designs..I guess this “guy” likes men instead..LOL j/k its probably easier to design bald men legos rather than ones with long hair and breasts …LMFAO.

  • History of Lego

    This artwork is great, I love the hands one.

    @Frenchy20225 – I watched the show where he did that, it looks amazing, they never fully got the furniture sorted though… and there was the problem that it leaked… was a good attempt though

  • Camille

    AMAZING. & not shopped, fools. check out his website or exhibit in person. Very talented. The reflection one i extremely impressive! :D

  • Rachael

    This is truly amazing. The creativity and art you express in these.. sculptures.. it is just incredible. Absolutely magnificent.

    To you fools who say that this is Photoshop- it is not. His artwork is on display. Take a road trip.


  • Anon

    … I know the above commenters won’t read this, but for those of you that browse through the comments after me… the world is not made up of idiots who either cry photoshop or believe them when they do. There are, in fact, people out here who know what a meme is and choose not to perpetuate it themselves. Just thought I’d let you know… since almost everyone that has posted before seems to be presenting proof to the contrary.

    Anyway, very cool. I think ‘Think!’ is my favorite. Would love to go see these in person.

  • Me

    Wooo Hooo LEGO!!!!!

  • Frenchie

    never ceases to amaze me with what the human mind can come up with..

    definitely reblogging.


  • Lou

    Absolutely amazing. Thanks much for sharing.

  • http://BoredPanda Adam

    I have been collecting lego men for a long time now. I now have 547 lego men now. Keep up the good work on your lego creations!

  • Recados orkut

    thanks, very nice art works… actually I was searching for these type of arts… keep up the good posting… thanks again for sharing

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  • orkut scraps

    That’s a fantastic work. The creativity and the art and I just impressed.



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  • Bree

    for those saying that this is photoshopped… your wrong… i’ve seen these done in person and so have my friends… i WORK with LEGO’s too and i’ve seen what people can build. so don’t say its photoshopped

  • Integraphix Chicago Marketing

    This is incredible work – absolutely amazing! Tweeted AND Facebooked!

  • Mari

    To all of you people out there screeching “PHOTOSHOPPED” I think you are crazy. Research him. Look it up. And seriously, I’m just tired of responding to you individually. He is an amazingly talented guy, and personally I think you’re just jealous. And about the whole “It’s totally pixelated” thing, hello, it’s lego. Legos just happen to be little tiny colored cubes. Like pixels, yes? Duh. And you people really need to get out of the house. Travel to New Orleans. Go to Legoland in California. Go to some of the museums displaying his work. I am sick and tired of all of you naysayers. GET A LIFE.

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  • Anonymous

    Impressive artworks!

  • f f

    2 words:  GE NIUS !!!

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  • Arek Kurzawa

    this is great. i like at most the big monolith :)

  • Ali Tariq El Sebai

    Now i know that to do for summer.

  • Jkornfel

    This is amazing!!You are a true artist!!

  • Ely Silverman

    This is the best artwork ever!!You are a true artist!!!

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