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Comic book legends made out of Lego
Artist Nathan Sawaya has teamed up with Warner Bros and DC Entertainment to create the world's largest collection of artwork inspired by DC's Justice League, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and DC Suicide Squad super villains like The Joker and Harley Quinn.

Nathan Sawaya, DC Entertainment, Batman, Superman, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes, South Bank London, The Joker, Lego, Harley Quinn
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.

Nathan Sawaya, DC Entertainment, Batman, Superman, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes, South Bank London, The Joker, Lego, Harley Quinn
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."

Nathan Sawaya, DC Entertainment, Batman, Superman, The Art of Brick: DC Super Heroes, South Bank London, The Joker, Lego, Harley Quinn
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.
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Why? Super heroes and villains made of Lego - what's not to like?
When: March 1 - September 4, 2017
Phone: 0333 247 0620
Where: South Bank, Doon Street, London SE1 2PP
Cost: Adult: 16.50; Child (4 16): 11; Concession: 12.50. Family & Group tickets available.
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