What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lego my Lego

When we were in Kansas, we were lucky enough to be able to visit the Art of the Brick at Mulvane University.  The show is traveling around the world, and just happened to be in Topeka, Kansas of all places.

The artist is Nathan Sawaya and he makes things out of Lego's. Actual life sized art out of regular sized normal Lego's!
The sculptures were amazing to see.
Each one got better as we went from sculpture to sculpture.

This Cello looked like you could sit and play music on it - perfection.

This one was of a man still building himself out of Lego's.
Actual sized Lego person next to The Bean.
Do you see this?  It was nearly impossible to see it in the gallery, but once I snapped a photo, you could see it was a portrait.
It's easier to see when it's small or you are farther away from it.

Giant pencil.

These masks were huge.  Most of the sculptures had the number of bricks in them, but these didn't.  Many hundreds of thousands, I would imagine.

This one was called "My Boy" and it choked me up.  You just forgot they were Lego's after awhile.

I can't remember what this one was called - but it was so interesting.

Which one is real?  Which one is Lego's.  ha.

Giant hand.
Man holding up his own face.
I don't know how this guy was staying on there - he was only attached by a couple Lego's.

The show is currently in Paris, France.....Melbourne, Australia...and...Topeka.  So, if you are close to any of those places - go see this Exhibit.  It is wonderful!


  1. Super cool! I hope it makes it's way to Texas sometime. We'd even travel from Austin to Dallas or Houston just to see it! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. We just happened to be in KS for a family reunion over the weekend of the 4th. My SIL told us about this because my 10 year old is a Lego maniac. So glad we got to see it. Amazing!

  3. Oh Wow! That is some amazing art done with Legos!

  4. We've been collecting Legos for library programs, and are now getting close to 400 pounds worth - a lot of Legos, and they've all come through my itty bitty office! These are great pics. Wish one of the exhibits was closer to here!

  5. I wonder if he is the same person that did all the lego things in downtown disney. There is a whole family with their dog. and a seamonster. It really was amazing

  6. Wow, that is way cool!


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