The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO
If you are an art lover and enjoy a good autobiography, The Art of the Brick is a wonderful book for you. Author Nathan Sawaya relates his life story and success as an artist in well-written, enjoyable text illustrated by many photos of his artwork as a LEGO sculptor. His autobiography is not overwhelmed with text, and very readable—his references to his artwork with accompanying photos show us the evolvement of his sculptures over the years as well as his dramatic and frightening switch from his profession as a well-paid lawyer to an artist. The many stories reveal no conceit about his success but are related to us in a matter-of-fact voice. The artworks are not simply sculptures, but works with deep meanings. The photos are excellent and some show, through a series of thumbnail photos, the way he assembles the huge piles of many colored, tiny LEGO bricks into gorgeous and meaningful sculptures that are exhibited in museums and galleries. You’ll find enlarged photos showing fine details of the sculptures to a better understanding of his artwork. The book production and design is high end, and this large book is perfect as an addition to a coffee table collection.
No Starch Press