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  • Lego has given me the title "really unique customer," cause I buy hundreds of thousands of Lego every month.

  • I used to practice corporate law in New York City: mergers, acquisitions, real exciting stuff.

  • And I would come home after a long day at the law firm, and I would need some sort of outlet.

  • And I would draw.

  • I would paint.

  • And sometimes I would sculpt.

  • It was just one day I thought about this toy from my childhood, Lego bricks.

  • Could I sculpt large-scale sculptures using this toy?

  • And so I started experimenting.

  • And I just dug out all the old bricks I had from when I was a kid.

  • And just tried to replicate things I saw in my apartment.

  • And I put together a website which became really my virtual gallery.

  • People started contacting me and saying, "Hey,

  • can you build me this?

  • Can you build me that?"

  • Actually when my website crashed from too many hits,

  • that I realized "ah, there's something to this."

  • And I decided to make that change.

  • And I left the law firm behind to play with bricks full time.

  • The reaction from friends and family was interesting.

  • There was some people who were a little negative about it,

  • and thought I was crazy.

  • I didn't know how long it would last.

  • I thought, maybe I'll be able to pay rent next month.

  • But I don't know if I'll have a job after that.

  • During those downtimes, when I didn't have something, didn't have a commission,

  • that's when I would create art for myself.

  • And that's really what "The Art of the Brick" became.

  • This exhibition of art that I created on my own that now tours the globe.

  • The time it takes to create a sculpture really depends on the size and complexity of the piece.

  • So a life-size human form can take up to two to three weeks.

  • Something smaller could be done maybe in a few days or a day.

  • The longest I've ever worked on something is about three months,

  • for a sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that was about 20 feet long.

  • Recently, I spent two months working on a Batmobile.

  • The bricks I use in my art are the very same bricks that people can purchase at a toy store.

  • I don't paint them.

  • I don't have access to special colors or special shapes and sizes.

  • And we're in my art studio today where I have over 5 million Lego bricks.

  • When you look at my sculptures up close,

  • you see all those sharp corners and right angles.

  • And then you back away from it, and all those corners, they blend into curves.

  • And that's kind of the magic of using Lego bricks.

  • You know, you don't have to find one career path.

  • There are many ways to get to where you wanna go.

  • Even if you don't know where that is right now.

  • You can always change what you are.

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  • MIKE BASICH: The view always changes,

  • which has been really fun.

  • You just pull up the side of road,

  • all of a sudden you have lakefront property,

  • international forest.

  • Next one, you're on a little creek or out in the desert.

  • The landscape's just amazing.

  • It's like having real estate that's priceless.

  • Everyone misses home at some level.

  • You never get homesick with this.

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Lego has given me the title "really unique customer," cause I buy hundreds of thousands of Lego every month.

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I Left My Law Career To Be A Lego Artist

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    Kristi Yang posted on 2017/01/11
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