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The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman and a bunch of his DC super heroes buddies made out of LEGO. Tucked away only one street behind the Southbank Centre lies the world’s largest collection of superhero and super villain inspired LEGO artwork.

Created by artist Nathan Sawaya, this colourful exhibit depicts DC comic book heroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Superman in large scale sculptures which used almost 2,000,000 bricks.

On entrance we were welcomed by a video of Nathan who explained his latest work before we entered the first space. Flash first caught my eye; walking around the sculpture I could not believe the detail that was involved in the piece and the realistic body positioning, bringing the art to life.

Flash Art of Brick

In the centre of the room was a circular display shelf showcasing a wide range of heroes like trophies.

LEGO art of brick

Moving onto the Legends room the sculpture went next level with life sized fan favourites set against backdrops that depicted their famous settings.

Flash Lego

Next was a blue room dedicated to Superman in many different forms; although all were impressive, my favourite was classic flying Superman who was suspended from the ceiling and had lego trailing from his cape, showing his extraordinary speed.

Superman Laser eyes lego

superman the art of the brick

Turning the corner I was surprised by the change in tone, characters were turned into cubist pieces of art which reminded me of being a child and spending hours making figures out of Duplo.

cubist superman art of lego brick

Then it was onto one of my personal highlights: the villains room, with massive head structures taking centre stage, these were surrounded by personal heroes of mine including Harley Quinn, Catwoman, The Riddler and (of course) The Joker, who was eerily lit up to show his true menacing madness.

LEGO Harley Quinn

Joker LEGO

Though many visitors may know these characters from movies, throughout the exhibit there was focus on their comic book origins recreating iconic covers made beautifully out of LEGO bricks.

Justice League LEGO

After taking in the incredible intricacy of the pieces of art we were onto the grand finale – Gotham. Batman is by far my favourite superhero with his struggle with internal darkness and band of insane villains to battle, so I was particularly excited to see how Nathan Sawaya was going to bring Gotham to life.

LEGO Batman

Batman Art of the Brick

The room was dark, a huge batman structure towered over us beside his famous bat light shining onto an animated backdrop adding even more drama to the already intense room.

Batman Light Art of The Brick

Lego Batman London

Lastly we crouched down and creeped through the Bat Cave to see the largest structure yet: the Bat Mobile, complete with flame spouting exhaust.

Batman Mask

LEGO Batmobile

Back into the light we played in the interactive LEGO area where we attempted to make our own art out of LEGO bricks whilst chatting through our favourite bits.

LEGO Superhero

Pablo being more of a classic hero fan was most impressed by laser eyed Superman where for me it was a toss up between the creepy under lit Joker and Gotham.

Emma Inks and Joker

The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes is on until 3rd September, adult tickets cost £16.50 and in my opinion worth every penny to see such well executed works of art.

9 comments

  1. Natasha says:

    Oh this is so cool! I love that first piece of The Flash, that’s awesome! The Flash is one of my favourites, but I also love the pieces of the Joker and Batman too – so cool, and this looks like so much fun as well. I love how much time and effort goes into creating these pieces too, the details are amazing. Love that final photo with you sat across from the Lego Joker as well – genius! – Tasha

    1. Emma says:

      It was so much fun I felt like a big kid again! I can’t even imaging the hours that went into creating such an amazing collection

      1. Natasha says:

        Awww, I love it! Same here, it’s just so cool!

  2. I’ve kind of always wanted a bat light. Like, not with the bat symbol, because I’m not Batman and that would just disappoint people when they realised it was just me, but some other kind of symbol. I mean, we have Twitter and all this fancy technology but what ever happened to communicating with people via random light in the sky?!

    1. Emma says:

      That would be epic you defo deserve your own Frankie light

  3. This looks so awesome. I used to collect Lego almost obsessively as a child, actually…

    1. Emma says:

      LEGO is the best and it’s totally for all ages.

  4. Aw yay! I went for the press evening and bumped in to Erica of all people. I thought it was so much fun and loved the skull room. Forever obsessed with your photos xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
    http://www.popcornandglitter.co.uk

    1. Emma says:

      Aww you are too nice. It was totally awesome wish I had been with you guys at the press evening the only down side was clambering over kids

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