Every piece of art comes with a story and renowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya has told his story behind his many creations in his latest book, The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO by No Starch Press.
The book consists of 248 fully-colored pages and retails for $29.95.
The dust jacket shows an image of one of Nathan Sawaya’s most recognizable creations, “Yellow.” The inside of the jacket gives a short overview of what A Life in LEGO is about.
Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits—all made from LEGO bricks.
The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world’s most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form.
Follow one man’s unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.
The book is separated into a number of small chapters, more than 40 in total. These chapters focus on each of Nathan’s builds and he tells you what inspired the particular projects. For example, Nathan originally thought that Yellow represented death but after looking back, it is actually about opening yourself up to the world without being afraid of what it may bring.
Another story that I enjoyed in A Life in LEGO is the one about Dinosaur which was displayed at the Lancaster Museum of Art. To create the massive skeleton, he recalls his experience with his middle school science teacher and how that helped him with the build. Little things he learned when he was younger made it easier for him to complete the project.
Overall, The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO is a pretty interesting book about Nathan’s life and creations. It nice to see an artist open up and tell his life story and the meaning behind the builds. The images are crisp and some of them also give you a behind-the-scenes look at the building process. You can now order the book on Amazon as well on No Starch Press. It will be released on October 30, 2014.