DC’s MOST ICONIC SUPER HEROES AND SUPER-VILLAINS ARRIVE IN THE UK WITH
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES
Artist Nathan Sawaya Returns to London with the World’s Largest LEGO® Exhibition Inspired by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman
Sawaya presents more than 120 works of art, created with more than 2 million LEGO bricks
Tickets for this exhibition, which opens on London’s South Bank on 1st March 2017,
go on sale 14th December 2016 at 10am
Following a successful run in Madrid, THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES makes its London debut on 1st March 2017. The contemporary art exhibition will be shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank, home to the capital’s cultural quarter. Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the well-known and celebrated artist Sawaya has created the world’s largest collection of artwork inspired by DC’s Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more.
Through a series of immersive galleries, THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES showcases Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout DC Super Heroes mythology including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil.
To kids and adults who love LEGO, Sawaya is a bit of a super hero. For the last decade, the former lawyer- turned- artist has elevated the simple toy to highly sought-after artwork, and has inspired countless kids to think outside of the box. Sawaya has turned to the stories of super heroes for his own inspiration in this exhibition — THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES – that features LEGO sculptures that emulate DC’s legendary characters, vehicles, surroundings and themes that are present in the DC mythology.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES exhibition includes more than 120 original pieces, created exclusively from LEGO bricks, including a life-size Batmobile (5.5 meters) and built from half a million standard pieces. Sawaya has captured on a real scale some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, exploring more than 80 years of history.
“Just like Superman, we all have our own story. This art collection is based on the elements of the journey of a super hero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure,” explains Sawaya. “I can’t wait to return to London with THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES following the warmth of the welcome THE ART OF THE BRICK received in 2014.”
“As a kid I spent Saturday mornings sitting on the floor playing with LEGO and watching the DC Super Friends cartoons. I would imagine the people in my LEGO city would have super powers and could defeat any evil nemesis – which usually meant my sister’s dolls. So this new collection of artwork is a dream come true for me. It is an honour to re-imagine these seminal characters and stories in a new way, through my medium of choice,” Sawaya said.
“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Nathan on this unique and fascinating global touring exhibition, that combines DC icons with LEGO, in an immersive entertainment experience,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Whether you’re a comic fan, a LEGO fan, or an art fan, there is something for everyone in this signature exhibition.”
“Kuma is excited to be bringing Nathan Sawaya’s work back to the UK, and many of our team were also part of the promotional team that brought THE ART OF THE BRICK here in 2014. We know first-hand how his art inspires and engages the visitor, and are looking forward to bringing the experience of THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES to London,” said Kuma CEO Paul Gregg.
THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES is in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment. The exhibition holds true to the creative disciplines of Sawaya’s original touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, which encourage inspiration, education and participation and has been seen by millions of people in more than 75 cities across six continents. Award-winning and record-breaking, CNN rated it as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions.”
London’s South Bank | Doon Street Car Park|Upper Ground| London SE1 2PP
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes is located in the South Bank region of London, by the river Thames. The exhibition is in a purpose built tent on Upper Ground, directly behind the National Theatre and the BFI, and next door to the Rambert Ballet Company. It located near the Coca-Cola London Eye, Sea Life London Aquarium, and the London Dungeon. It is a short walk over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, as well as by taking Waterloo Bridge from Covent Garden and the West End. The venue is easily accessible via public transport.
Open daily from 1st March 2017
Sun – Wed: 10:00 – 18:00
Thur: 10:00 – 20:00
Fri/Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Last admission one hour before closing
Child (4 – 16): £11.00
Under 4: Free
Concession (student, adult, disabled): £12.50
Family (must include at least one child): £45
Family of three (one adult, two children)£34.50
Adult Group Tickets: Groups of 10 + £12 each
School Group Tickets £6 each with 1 teacher free with every 10 tickets purchased
Monday Saver – all tickets £10
Tickets can be bought from aotbdc |0333 247 0620
Special opening week offer, all single tickets £10 from 1st March until March 6th
About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed 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 as one of the top “must-see exhibits in the world!” Originally a lawyer, Sawaya 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 Nathan Sawaya. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit Brick Artist.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
Kuma Exhibitions Ltd is committed to bringing innovative, engaging, and captivating exhibitions and events to the UK marketplace. Kuma created the popular Star Trek: The Exhibition which is located on Blackpool’s Promenade, and was a key part of the Blackpool Illuminations. The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes is their latest production, along with other soon to be announced exhibitions and events planned for the upcoming 18 months.