THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES makes its London debut on 1st March 2017.
The contemporary art exhibition will be shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank, home to the capital’s cultural quarter. Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the well-known and celebrated artist Nathan Sawaya has created the world’s largest collection of artwork inspired by DC’s Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more.
I visited the exhibition and spoke to Nathan about his inspiration.
“As a kid, I spent Saturday mornings sitting on the floor playing with LEGO and watching the DC Super Friends cartoons. I would imagine the people in my LEGO city would have super powers and could defeat any evil nemesis – which usually meant my sister’s dolls. So this new collection of artwork is a dream come true for me. It is an honour to re-imagine these seminal characters and stories in a new way, through my medium of choice”
The venue is dark and each exhibit lit by a spotlight. This is no doubt a ploy to impress upon the visitor the wow-factor both of the comic book heroes and the tenacity of Nathan creating such impressive figures from LEGO bricks. The dark and brooding theme continues as you walk through each room and within each, the surroundings become quite foreboding.
This peaked upon entering the Bat Cave. This for me was brilliant. It includes a life-size Batmobile (5.5 meters) which was built from half a million standard pieces. That’s standard pieces, no custom bricks or pieces from specialised kits!
The exhibition includes more than 120 original pieces altogether, created exclusively from LEGO bricks. Sawaya has captured on a real scale some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, exploring more than 80 years of history.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES showcases Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout DC Super Heroes mythology, including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil.
Nathan Sawaya is a bit of a super hero himself. For the last decade, the former lawyer-turned-artist has elevated the simple toy to highly sought-after artwork and has inspired countless kids to think outside of the box. Sawaya has turned to the stories of super heroes for his own inspiration in this exhibition.
For those of us of a certain age, this is Lynda Carter…I mean Wonder Woman.
The exhibition is open daily from 1st March 2017
Sun – Wed: 10:00 – 18:00
Thur: 10:00 – 20:00
Fri/Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Last admission one hour before closing
Child (4 – 16): £11.00
Under 4: Free
Concession (student, adult, disabled): £12.50
Family (must include at least one child): £45
Family of three (one adult, two children): £34.50
Adult Group Tickets: Groups of 10 + £12 each
School Group Tickets £6 each with 1 teacher free with every 10 tickets purchased
Monday Saver – all tickets £10
Tickets can be bought from www.aotbdc.co.uk |0333 247 0620
Special opening week offer, all single tickets £10 from 1st March until March 6th