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    This Artist's Life-Size Lego Sculptures Are Utterly Jaw-Dropping

    A gallery in east London is playing host to over 70 huge toy-brick pieces of art.

    American artist Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibition The Art of the Brick has arrived at the Old Truman Brewery, in east London's arts and media quarter.

    Over 70 sculptures are currently on display, including a huge T. rex (constructed from over 80,000 bricks), life-size figures of humans such as The Beatles, and recreations of works of art.

    "Yellow"

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    With artist Nathan Sawaya.

    "Scream"

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    Sawaya has a jaw-dropping 4 million Lego bricks in his New York and Los Angeles studios.

    "Yellow Facemask" (left), and a Lego version of "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

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    "Yellow Facemask", "Red Facemask", and "Blue Facemask''

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    Sawaya discovered Lego at a young age. After a career as a corporate lawyer, he returned to his first love of plastic bricks.

    "Everlasting" (left), and "Augustus"

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    "Computer"

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    "Circle Torso", "Triangle Torso", and "Square Torso"

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    I use Lego bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home.

    "David" (left), and "Stop, Look and Live"

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    "Swimmer"

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    The Art of Brick took 4,188 hours to build and four shipping containers were required to deliver the bricks from the US in 80 custom made art crates.

    "Cracked"

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    "Yesterday"

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    "My Boy"

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    "Dark Despair"

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    "Writer" (left), and "Hand"

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    "Dinosaur."

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    I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. … Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves.

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