Parents will think about their child's toy brick obsession in a new light thanks to the trailblazing of New York-based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya.
'Swimmer,' a Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

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'Swimmer'
Sawaya, who has been sculpting with plastic bricks for the past decade, debuted his "Art of the Brick" exhibit at the Discovery Times Square in New York City last week. The show, which runs until Jan. 5, 2014, features a vast collection of complex, large-scale sculptures made entirely from the popular Danish toy bricks.

Although he is well known his life-size statues of celebrities like Stephen Colbert and his renditions of legendary works of art, Sawaya's most celebrated sculptures are 'Swimmer' (above) and 'Yellow' (below).

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'Yellow,' a Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

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'Yellow'
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Nathan Sawaya Lego sculpture depicting blue man sitting in chair

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'Blue man in chair'
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Nathan Sawaya Lego sculpture of large red face

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'Red mask'
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'Mask,' a Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

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'Mask'
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'Ascension,' a Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

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'Ascension'
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'Skull,' a Lego sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

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'Skull'
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