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Small LEGO grows into big art

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:09

June 19 - Piece by piece, tiny LEGO bricks are put together to form the largest LEGO art exhibition ever. Tara Cleary reports.

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It's reportedly the world's largest display of LEGO art ever seen on the globe. New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya created more than 100 sculptures out of nothing but LEGO pieces and glue. Called "The Art of the Brick" it's attracting a lot of young art and toy enthusiasts. SOUNDBITE: Artist, Nathan Sawaya saying (English): "The reaction has just been fantastic. It makes the art accessible so that kids and families see the art and they can relate to it because we've all played with LEGO bricks at some point in our lives." One of the largest pieces Sawaya has ever made is on show - a 20 foot or 6 meter T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, impressing one young visitor. SOUNDBITE: Eliana Katzin saying (English): "Most of the LEGO bricks are very small, so it's cool to see them in big pieces." There are also surprisingly intricate renditions of famous artworks, like "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Scream". Sawaya says he chose LEGO bricks as a medium partly because they're so accessible. And he hopes those inspired by the show will create a little piece of art for themselves. "The Art of the Brick" is at Discovery Times Square New York until January 5th, 2014.

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Small LEGO grows into big art

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:09