Heroes: Nathan Sawaya and Lego Wonder Woman (pic: Dominic Loneragan)
Following a successful run in Madrid, The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes makes its London debut on March 1, 2017. The contemporary art exhibition, featuring 120 Lego brick models, will be shown in an exclusively built space on London's South Bank. The display includes a life-size Batmobile measuring 5.5 metres built from half a million standard Lego pieces.
Iconic: The Batmobile - made from plastic bricks (pic: Dominic Loneragan)
Through a series of galleries the exhibition showcases Nathan's interpretations of characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout the world of DC super heroes.
Nathan, a lawyer-turned-artist, used his childhood as the inspiration for the exhibition.
He explains: "As a kid I spent Saturday mornings sitting on the floor playing with Lego and watching the DC Super Friends cartoons. I would imagine the people in my Lego city would have super powers and could defeat any evil nemesis - which usually meant my sister's dolls. So this new collection of artwork is a dream come true for me. It is an honour to re-imagine these seminal characters and stories in a new way, through my medium of choice.
"Just like Superman, we all have our own story. This art collection is based on the elements of the journey of a super hero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure."
Villain: Lego Joker has the last laugh (pic: Dominic Loneragan)
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes will be staged in a purpose-built tent on London's South Bank, behind the National Theatre and the BFI, and next door to the Rambert Ballet Company.
It opens daily from March 1 till September 4, 2017, Sunday – Wednesday, 10am – 6pm; Thursday: 10am – 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am – 7pm.
Adult tickets are £16.50, children (4 – 16) £11, children under 4 free, concessions £12.50. From March 1 to March 6 all single tickets are £10.
Another exhibition of Lego models - by artist Warren Elsmore - takes place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, April 7 – July 5, 2017. Read the Weekend Notes preview here.