Nathan Sawaya: Umbrella

Art Artwork from United States. Published by anonymous on Thursday 09 May 2013.

Umbrella image

Year: 2012

Aussie photographer Dean West and Nathan Sawaya banded together and dreamed up a series of large-scale images that combine Dean's award-winning photography with Nathan's life-sized LEGO statuary.

We spent two years traveling North America scouting for locations that would be visually ideal for the story we wanted to tell about culture, society and specifically identity.

UMBRELLA (pictured here) is one of the seven images in the series. As with the other six representations in the collection (not pictured), UMBRELLA compels the viewer to deconstruct each tableau, thereby exposing elements of the scene construction, revealing the one-of-a-kind LEGO sculpture hidden within and identifying the cultural significance as well.

A sneak peak of “In Pieces” debuts at the Columbus Museum of Art, opening November 9, 2012.

The LEGO umbrella in this scene took extreme patience to create, but it does successfully function to keep water off of the holder. This particular image was shot on location in Toronto. Contrary to popular belief, there was no singing.

Plastic Bricks, 28.0 × 33.0 × 33.0 inches, edition of 7