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Meet Nathan Sawaya: The Professional LEGO Artist

Meet Nathan Sawaya: The Professional LEGO Artist

We were so enthralled with Lindsb's pictures from LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya's recent exhibit, that we had to learn more about him. At the age of 30, Nathan quit his day job of being an attorney and decided to turn his attention to sculpting LEGO full-time. Three years later, Coolest Gadgets notes how Sawaya's Manhattan studio is now covered with plastic boxes full of LEGO bricks and LEGO creations including huge celeb portraits (like this Lindsay Lohan one) as well as various animals, flower arrangements, gadgets, still objects, the Statue of Liberty and many many more unique sculptures. When CNN interviewed Sawaya, this is what he had to say about making the switch from attorney to LEGO artist: "I worked with great people at the law firm, but my passion was always for my art. As more and more people were commissioning pieces and collecting my artwork, it became clear to me that I should focus on my art full time."

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SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 10 years
woow! he's amazing!
rockgirl10 rockgirl10 10 years
Now that's talent!!! My favorite is the computer.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Aww, nerds rule.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Hey this is a great example of geeky gone chic. Love it. Lego art totally creative.
Nightwind Nightwind 10 years
Lego art is kind of sexy.
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
that is talent. i want one too!
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
Wow! Talk about talent - especially with the Lindsay photo.
KerryG KerryG 10 years
Awesome! I'm jealous of his career, though my brother's the real Lego genius in the family. He's done King Tut, Darth Vader, and Storm Trooper masks, a working Nutcracker, and portraits similar to Mr. Sawaya's, except smaller. From close up, they look like random patterns of blocks, but step back 10 feet and you realize it's Abe Lincoln, or Alec Guiness, or whoever. They're really awesome, but I don't have the faintest idea how he does them.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Wow! All I can say is WOW!
SoCalSugar SoCalSugar 10 years
Gnarly! I wouldn't want it hanging in my house- but it's a pretty creative idea.
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