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Art is not optional: The Art of the Bricks, by Nathan Sawaya

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I am always looking for something different and inspiring to do with my children. The Art of Bricks was currently in Sao Paulo so along we went with my 6-year-old daughter.
I am not sure if you have heard about it. Nathan Sawaya was a lawyer in NY that one day decided he was much happier building art from Lego than working in an office. I was expecting a childish experience; fun for my little one, but maybe empty for me… Well, I was totally wrong. It is worth all the way!
My little one was happy and amazed by the big and not so big sculptures and I could not wait for the next one. Each sculpture is not only amazing but has a great life message.


STAIRWAY - “ As Humans, we scour our world for opportunities. Opportunities for success. Opportunities for happiness. But more often than not, we find those opportunities not in the world outside but within ourselves”


PENCIL HEAD – “ Art is not optional, it is necessary”


DESINTEGRATION – “ Beware the winds of life that nibble away at your sense of self. Stay strong.”


GRASP – “ Whatever your hidden desires, there will always be hands to hold you back. Life’s challenge is to find the strength to escape from those chains.”


SELF – “Taking a leap is hard. I used to be a lawyer. There was nothing wrong with being a lawyer, but I always knew there was another me, an Artist Me, lurking inside. Then one day I decided to let the Artist Me out, and I never looked back.”



YELLOW – “ Yellow is probably my most famous work. It has always been very popular among adults and children alike. Why? I think adults mainly value the cathartic effect that opening oneself to the world may have on one’s mind. And children? Probably because of the yellow guts spreading out on the floor! They think it’s cool! For me, this work evokes the metamorphosis I underwent in the course of my wanderings”



He is now showing the world his art and using it to inspire children. With his motto: “ Art is not optional. It is necessary as breathing and eating”, he founded The Art Revolution Foundation , a NGO that wants to change the way art education is viewed and helping families and communities around the planet, make art a priority in their lives. All in the name of happiness! Find out more about “Why Children need Art” 
Really inspiring for all ages! And of course at the end of the exhibition we had time to play and do our little art with Lego!



Check out his schedule to see when he will be around you. 

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