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Legos were one of my favorite toys when I was growing up. My family knew I liked Legos so they would get me the star wars Legos and stuff like that for Christmas or my birthday. I never made what the direction told me to, I just liked to be creative and make my own inventions. I had a fairly large collection of Legos. I made things like cars and spaceships but I’ve never thought someone would use Legos as a way to express themselves through art. To me Legos were nothing more than just a toy. That’s why this piece caught my interest as soon as I saw it. It also made me realize that art can be made from anything.
This piece is rather simple but I think there is a complex meaning behind it. The first thing I noticed in this sculpture was the red man, which really stuck out because of the complimentary colors. I think he is red to represent anger. Maybe he’s mad because he has some sort of problems with family or school. Whatever the reason is, he might want to act up because of his anger and maybe take it out on someone or something else. The green walls with the arms and hands coming out of it represent his conscious. His conscious knows that he is a good guy and shouldn’t act up on his emotions. So, it’s holding the man back from letting out his anger. It’s green because green is a cool and more relax color. No other color would work for the arms because nothing can calm down an angry man more than relaxing. There isn’t anything that I didn’t like about this piece. I really like the colors because I think that is what explained the whole sculpture. If he just made the whole thing with gray Lego blocks, I wouldn’t be able to find the meaning. I also liked how it seems that the arms are appearing from nowhere. I think he did that so people can interpret who is holding him by themselves.
The artist who made this Lego sculpture is Nathan Sawaya. After seeing this piece, I looked through all his other art. I noticed that everything he did is made out of Legos. I found it amazing how one artist can be so successful only using toy Legos.
- What other meanings can this piece have?
- Could he use other colors to explain the piece?
- How many Legos did that take?