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Bedford's New LEGO Art Exhibit

An exhibit crafted from children’s toys takes over the Bedford Gallery.


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Yellow, 2006 by Nathan Sawaya/photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Is it art—or is it a toy? In The Art of the Brick, the first global touring exhibit to use Legos as an art medium, it’s both.

“Lego toys are so iconic; all of us are familiar with them,” says Carrie Lederer, curator of the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, where the show will make its first Bay Area appearance.

New York City–based artist Nathan Sawaya says more people ask about his Yellow piece—a yellow figure opening its chest, with Lego pieces falling out—than any other creation in the show. “For some people, it’s about opening oneself to the world,” he says. “I think kids really like it because there are guts spilling out all over. But those guts are actually a toy they are familiar with.”

Lederer agrees that the piece has universal appeal. “The figure seems so simple until you look carefully at the structure, and notice the transformation of the medium and the number of pieces used to build one single artwork,” she says.

During the exhibition’s stay at the Bedford, from September 29 to December 20, visitors can build their own sculptures in the Learning Center. And on October 23, the gallery hosts a Lego-themed Halloween party for kids, where they can make masks out of the blocks. bedfordgallery.org.

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