Hate your job? Wish you could just play with LEGOs all day? Meet Nathan Sawaya. His daily workspace went from florescent lights and dull paperwork to an explosion of colorful plastic bricks. Sawaya abandoned a career as an attorney in 2004 to take on Lego sculpting full time. Just imagine that conversation for a second: “Hi mom. I quit my job as a lawyer, sorry for all that wasted money, but I’m gonna play with Legos….”
So what does Sawaya’s workspace look like now he’s a professional Lego artist? Basically Sawaya lives and works in a Lego Play Land. Clear plastic crates stuffed with Lego bricks in every hue are stacked high against the walls. There’s a computer on the floor, but it’s not functional. It’s made entirely of Lego and so is the cash register, monkey, bowl of fruit, and vase of flowers.
His medium may be a beloved kid’s toy, but some of his signature Lego pieces are incredibly grown-up. Our favorite is Sawaya’s recreation of Han Solo from Star Wars frozen in carbonite.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.