Amazing Lego guy

SEEN THIS MORNING
September 30, 2008 9:37:11 PM PDT
Unlike others who paint, write or use clay to express themselves, an artist in Manhattan uses toy building blocks to make beautiful art. Nathan Sawaya is not your garden variety artist.

"I work in a medium that is unique and people have passions for all sorts of things and they want to see those passions displayed in some way, " says Lego artist, Nathan Sawaya.

Yeah! people like Donald Trump who had him design a 10-foot Lego replica of a structure Trump was building in Dubai....and....

"I was just contacted by Pete Went, Fallout Boy -- to build a wedding gift for his new wife, Ashlee Simpson. He wanted me to create a large bumble bee," Sawaya says.

Though he won't tell us how much either piece cost./We can tell you, his work sells for tens-of-thousands of dollars. For the record, he spends more than $100,000 on Legos each year.

The studio where Nathan works, is also where he keeps about 1.5 million Legos in plastic containers...The he uses the most is grey... The least, green... Before he starts, each piece begins as a drawing, on Lego graph paper that he also designed.

So, before the apple... Comes the drawing... On Lego graph paper that he also designed

Nathan hasn't always done this full time -- for 4 years he was a corporate attorney. His gift to imagine Lego art "started with" well, a gift.

"I got my first Lego set when I was 5-years-old from my grandparents....It was just a random set of Legos, I set right down and started building a house," says Sawaya.

Now he's writing books and designing cities. One piece he did for New Orleans after Katrina.... inspired by children's' drawings.

In his latest piece of a "yellow head" -- a commentary on being pulled in different directions...reminds me of one other note -- yes -- he "glues" all of his pieces together.

For more on Nathan Sawaya Lego artwork visit the website, www.brickartist.com

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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