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See the Mona Lisa made of Lego

AN exhibition showcasing sculptures made from Lego, as well as some of the world's most famous artworks recreated in brick form, is coming to Dublin.

The Art of the Brick will be staged in the Ambassador Theatre from April 5.

More than 70 art sculptures created from more than one million Lego bricks will be on display.

The one-of-a-kind sculptures are the work of US artist Nathan Sawaya, and the show has been hailed as one of the world's 10 must-see exhibitions by American news channel CNN.

Many of the pieces are human figures, but one of the star attractions is a T-Rex skeleton made from more than 80,000 bricks that measures six metres long.

Visitors will have a chance to see Sawaya's recent interpretations of some of the world's most famous artworks including Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The show has attracted millions of visitors worldwide, including in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore.

"I use Lego bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something familiar," Sawaya said.

"Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home.

"I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before".

Tickets for the exhibition go on sale next Friday.

LBYRNE@HERALD.IE


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