Republic Plaza presents Park People by Nathan Sawaya from July 10 through August 27 and invites the public to come have a seat with them. Six captivating, monochromatic human forms seated on park benches in the globally recognized interactive LEGO® brick sculpture series will take a seat on the 16th Street side of downtown Denver’s tallest office building.
Inspired by the simple moments of ‘just taking a seat,’ this whimsical installation explores the artistic potential of the human form. Interaction is encouraged, so take a seat next to the figures, tell them about your day, discuss the weather, or even divulge your innermost secrets – they won’t tell!
Previously a NYC corporate lawyer, Nathan Sawaya is the first artist ever to take the LEGO® toy into the art world as a medium. Sawaya’s contemporary pieces are both beautiful and playful as he meticulously and thoroughly designs and places each brick to transform the LEGO® pieces into works of art. His devotion to scale and color perfection while incorporating the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate the world’s most popular toy to the status of fine art. Rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions,” his global touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK continues to inspire creativity as well as break attendance records globally.
Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. Sawaya’s sculptures were prominently featured on the red carpet and live broadcast of the 2015 Oscars® broadcast when his LEGO® Oscar statuette was photographed in the hands of Emma Stone, Oprah, Neil Patrick Harris and Meryl Streep. Additionally, Sawaya collaborated with Lady Gaga to create a music video to support her album, ARTPOP, which featured his original sculpture, YELLOW and also collaborated with award-winning photographer, Dean West, on a multi-media project called “In Pieces.”
Nathan Sawaya was born in Colville, Washington, raised in Veneta, Oregon and attended New York University. He is the author of two best selling books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, recognizing his artwork and cultural achievements. In 2014, with the belief that “art is not optional,” Sawaya founded The Art Revolution Foundation for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and our homes. He has been a speaker at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo! and at the Clinton Library.