The art work Flash Forward made of Lego bricks is pictured during the media preview of the exhibition The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes by U.S. artist Nathan Sawaya at Paris's Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, April 26, 2018. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Tired of Wall Street, American lawyer Nathan Sawaya turned to Lego and a second life creating sculptures out of hundreds of thousands of tiny bricks.
The latest version of his "Art of the Brick" exhibition opens in Paris's Parc de la Villette on April 29, next stop on a global tour that began in 2007, this time with a theme of superheroes from DC Comics, creators of Batman and Superman.
"I have millions of bricks, and I'll design something by sketching it out, getting that idea, and then brick by brick I put it together," Sawaya said, beside a suspended, life-size Superman, his gloved fist thrust out forward and cape billowing.
Sawaya swapped Manhattan for a studio in Los Angeles, where he has designed sculptures of Wonder Woman, Flash, the Joker and other fictional legends. His 5.5 metre-long (18 foot) Batmobile, parked inside an intricately designed Batcave, was shaped with half a million Lego bricks - the largest sculpture in the show.
"I wasn't happy as a lawyer. Creating art made me happy. And using Lego bricks made the art very accessible," he said.