18ft LEGO Batmobile
This. Is. Awesome.
We’ve all been introduced to the concept of a Master Builder by the LEGO Movie, but in real life, there are Master Builders, too. LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya is one such person, and for his new exhibition, the Art of the Brick: DC Comics, he has created a life-size replica of the Batmobile made entirely of LEGO.
The Batmobile is made out of a half a million LEGO bricks and measures over 18 feet long. Sawaya spent almost 500 hours on it over the course of two months. “It’s close to the weight of a real car… It’s at least 1500 pounds,” Sawaya noted.
The touring exhibition, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, will feature the world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired artwork made entirely of LEGO bricks.
“I’ve done exhibitions with LEGO bricks as an art medium before but this was a brand new opportunity to explore the art of DC and use their characters,” said Sawaya.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Jim Lee, the world-renowned artist and co-publisher of DC Comics, drew the blueprint for the Batmobile that Sawaya later pieced together. The Batmobile will be first on display when the tour kicks off in Sydney, Australia in November.
How did Sawaya start his path to become a Master Builder? “I’ve been working with LEGO bricks as an art medium for almost a decade now,” he said. “I used to practice corporate law in New York City and I’d come home at night and need some sort of creative outlet. I’d do drawing or painting, I’d sculpt out of more traditional media. One day, I thought about LEGO bricks from my childhood as an art medium as an art medium. So I started challenging myself and using the brick as something for art, doing larger pieces, and eventually, I left the law firm to become a full-time artist and just focus on creating art out of LEGO.”
As for how he hooked up with DC for this project, he said, “I wanted to do an exhibition focusing on good and evil, really, and I kind of changed that into heroes and villains, so where does one look for that? Of course, the pages of comic books. It made sense to turn to DC Comics with their superheroes and supervillains for my project.
“The history starts when DC was doing their ‘We Can Be Heroes’ activities and I had been invited by DC to do a piece of work for [that] project that they could auction off in one of their fundraisers, so I had done a piece with them for that and we just started talking about this whole exhibition and it became a big project.”
After piecing together such a huge piece, Sawaya said simply, “These hands are sore.”
Look for his creation at the launch of The Art of the Brick: DC Comics in Sydney in November, and keep checking IGN for more details on the touring exhibition.