New York Public Library Marks 100 Years with Lego Lions

Nathan Sawaya used 60,000 Legos to replicate the two lions at the New York Public Library.

NEW YORK—There are two lions made entirely of Legos at the library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The Stephen A. Schwarzman building is 100 years old and as a part of the yearlong celebration to mark the milestone, the New York Public Library commissioned Nathan Sawaya to replicate Patience and Fortitude, the marble lions by sculptor Edward Clark Potter that grace the front of the branch.

Sawaya, who calls himself the brick artist, used about 60,000 gray Legos to create the two lions and spent three weeks planning, designing and constructing the sculptures which were unveiled in May 2011.

Photos by Arts Observer

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