Press Release | Park PeopleAugust 24, 2017 Los Angeles Download
CONTACT: Darren Gold & Ashley Tom, The Rose Group
WHAT: Park People
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
DATE: September 13-22
PRESENTER: Arts Brookfield
COST: FREE, no tickets or reservations required
ARTS BROOKFIELD BRINGS THE INTERACTIVE SCULPTURES OF PARK PEOPLE, MADE OUT OF LEGO® BRICKS, TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
The DTLA Premiere of Park People by LA Artist Nathan Sawaya begins September 13
Los Angeles, CA August 24, 2017 – This September, Arts Brookfield hosts the popular PARK PEOPLE series, an exciting interactive sculptural installation, by globally recognized artist Nathan Sawaya at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles. PARK PEOPLE features six captivating, monochromatic, human forms made exclusively from one of the world’s most recognizable toys, the LEGO® brick.
Inspired by the simple moments of just ‘taking a seat,’ this vibrant and whimsical installation explores the artistic potential of the human form. Onlookers and passersby are encouraged to sit next to the figures—all modeled after the artist’s own body—and tell them about their day, talk about the weather, or divulge their innermost secrets.
PARK PEOPLE is brought to Los Angeles by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of global real estate corporation Brookfield Property Partners.
“At Arts Brookfield, we are always looking for ways to engage viewers in an approachable yet unique manner. The elaborate and well-crafted sculptures that Nathan is able to create using such a familiar, simple, and somewhat everyday object is ingenious,” says Erica Overskei, Program Manager Arts Brookfield. “His work is attractive to all ages on various levels – for the nostalgia, for the handiwork, for the whimsy, for the interactivity, and for the originality. It is a great fit for the Arts Brookfield program and we are so honored to be premiering PARK PEOPLE in Los Angeles.”
“Most of my artworks tour the globe in THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition in an indoor experience. One of my primary goals with this installation is to make art as accessible as possible, so the PARK PEOPLE collection is situated outdoors,” said Sawaya. “I hope Angelinos and visitors alike come check out PARK PEOPLE and sit for a bit.”
PARK PEOPLE runs from Wednesday, September 13 through Friday, September 22, at Wells Fargo Center with parking entrance located at 330 South Hope Street. The exhibit is free and open to the public, tickets or advance reservations are not required.
For more information, visit: http://www.artsbrookfield.com/event/park-people/
About Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth, and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life. Visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com for a complete schedule of events.
About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed contemporary artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, “The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!” Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks. Now, Sawaya is an author, speaker, and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time.
For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.