Tourist Tip #278 / T-Rex in Tel Aviv, Made of Lego

From a giant blackberry to colorful portraits, Nathan Sawaya's Lego art is on exhibition.

Artists have used everything from trash and toothpicks to food and drinking straws to produce some amazing creations. It's no surprise then that more than a few artists have also used kiddie toys for creative purposes.

One of those artists is New York-based Nathan Sawaya, who uses Lego bricks to fashion vivid large-scale portraits and sculptures of human figures, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, hearts and even a giant Blackberry phone.

His works made of multicolored toy building blocks take anywhere from hours to months to complete and consist of anywhere from 15,000 to 500,000 pieces.

For a glimpse of Sawaya's work, head to the Maxidome at Tel Aviv's exhibition grounds, where they are on view until August 27.

The show also contains Lego likenesses of the prime minister and president constructed by young Israeli engineers, some of whom are also showcasing robotic Lego creations and interactive games.

There is also an "interactive activity area" where kids – of all ages – can build their own Lego creations, watch films about the toy bricks and take part in other Lego-centric fun.

"The Art of the Brick" is on view at the Maxidome at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds through August 27.

Hours: Saturday, Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.; Friday until 5:30 P.M.

Ticket prices: NIS 99; soldiers, students and retirees: NIS 75; family ticket: NIS 280

For more information, see http://www.brick-art.co.il and http://brickartist.com/

Frederik Balfour/Bloomberg
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