Lego Hugman Sculptures On View in New York's Clement Clarke Moore Park
NYC Parks unveiled today LEGO Hugman sculptures in Clement Clarke Moore Park, created out of iconic bricks by New York-based contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. The park is located in Manhattan on West 22nd Street and 10th Avenue.
As the artist behind The Art of the Brick, one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe, Sawaya has had an opportunity to leave his creative mark in each city the exhibition visits including Singapore, Melbourne, Brussels and, most recently, Dublin. For his first NYC Parks installation, he has created three larger-than-life Hugmen.
In the community spirit of Earth Day, Sawaya utilized the recycled bricks that guests were asked to individually sign when they visited The Art of the Brick exhibition at Discovery Times Square. He used more than fifty thousand bricks over the course of 100 hours to create these multi-colored human figures that warmly embrace the trees in the park.
"I hope these splashes of color made from recycled LEGO bricks inspire people to explore found art and bring awareness to using reclaimed objects in their everyday lives," said Sawaya.
Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age and he never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures.
Image Credit: NYC Parks, Nathan Sawaya, Hugman, Clement Clarke Moore Park 2014