AN EXHIBITION claimed to be one of the world’s 10 must-sees is coming to Brick Lane. Its promoters say it has already attracted millions of visitors in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore.
The show comprises 75 or so sculptures made of more than a million Lego pieces.
Yes, Lego, that Toy of the Century, as it has been called, the collection of little bricks that helped to, uhm, build many a parent-child relationship.
The creations are by Nathan Sawaya, an American lawyer whose collection of 4 million coloured bricks in his New York and Los Angeles studios lured him into spending hours with the toys.
The brainwave was to market the results as “art”.
The result is a 6-metre-long, 80,000-Lego-bit Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, as well as versions of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa andVermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (as neither Leonardo nor Vermeer never named the paintings) and other perhaps-too-often-reproduced artworks.
A critic for The New York Times deconstructed (ahem) the concept of the show, saying “The overall effect is more allusion than illusion… As might be expected, of course, not everything works”.
CNN called the ex. “must-see”, a term that always seems to prompt the question, what happens if you ignore that “must”… do you die or something? And since when was a once-innovative but lately dull TV news broadcaster a world authority on art?
Never mind. Whether or not the artistic ambition succeeds may not be a prime concern. The show is likely to be enjoyable anyway, and children and adult Lego fans are bound to love it.
The exhibition includes an interactive zone where visitors can play with Lego. Somehow an image springs to mind of a grown-up fighting with a hapless toddler (“Leggo of that Lego. Gimme that piece, you lil brick!”).
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* The Art of the Brick, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL, Fri 26 Sep 2014 -Sun 4 Jan 2015. Tickets (0207 492 5374) £8-£14.50 (see website for price variables). Good wheelchair access and disabled toilets.