Scientists tell us that DNA is the building block of life. In that respect, it seems like LEGO bricks are the building blocks of imagination. I still have my collection, which started as far back as I can remember, and building abnormal rectangular structures with mismatched blocks just seemed like the right thing to do.
Nathan Sawaya is doing something incredible with what I used to just play around with. He is a LEGO artist. Said on ">CCN.com, "LEGO is something that almost everyone has played with at some point in their lives. I notice a lot of times when people go to my shows they want to touch the sculptures." It might seem like a strange medium, but imagination is as imagination does. In fact, Sawaya left a career as an attorney to become an artist. Some of Sawaya's larger sculptures are making their rounds across country just now, in Lancaster, PA just now, and then off to Rockford, Illinois on the fifteenth, where his exhibit will remain until 3rd September.
According to LEGO's website, the name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The Company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder, and has come a long way -- from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world’s sixth-largest manufacturer of toys.
Whether you're a hobbyist, remembering LEGO from childhood, getting down on the floor with your kids, or making massive sculptures yourself, it seems that LEGO can reach out to anyone with their bold, colourful bricks.