Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement Clarke Moore Park in the Chelsea Arts District. The three larger-than-life sculptures were created using approximately 50,000 colored bricks and each is positioned with its arms lovingly cast around a park tree. Keep reading to find out what inspired this Sawaya exhibit and how long these Hugman will be spreading the love in Clement Clarke Moore Park.
This isn’t the first time Sawaya has treated New Yorker’s to a special LEGO treat. In 2011 the artist created paid homage to late night television with incredibly life-life LEGO Sculptures of Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert. His LEGO bedroom, while uncomfortable, is pretty spectacular too. But there’s something about this public combination of LEGO and affection for the planet that really plucks our heartstrings.
If you look closely, you’ll see that each of the 50,000 LEGO bricks used to build Hugman bears a signature. 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. Over 100 hours, the bricks were painstakingly assembled into human form, invoking a thoughtful commentary on the oneness of humanity, despite our many differences.
“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 in a press release.
The three LEGO sculptures will be on display at Clement Clarke Moore Park in the Chelsea Arts District on 10th Avenue and 22nd Street from April 17th to May 16th, 2014.
All images via Nathan Sawaya/NYC Parks