Lawyer turned Lego artist reaps the rewards
21 October 2011
A New York lawyer has reverted to childhood by packing in his top job and re-inventing himself as a successful Lego brick artist.
Sawaya used to be a jobbing corporate lawyer at Winston & Strawn, working thousands of hours a year to pay off crippling law school debts. But he left the Big Apple in 2004 for a position as a "master model builder
" at Legoland California, swapping his six figure salary for $30,000 p.a.. And today he's a successful Lego artist, selling his works for £10,000 a pop and touring North America with his exhibition of works made solely from the Danish toy.
But clearly the years haven't dimmed Sawaya's regard for the legal market - one of his works, titled "Everlasting
", is a graphic reminder of Eversheds'
bizarre red-man-with-bulging-groin branding
. Yours for a mere $10,500
You can see loads of his other creations on his website, the Art of the Brick
. And if you've created something exciting and artistic from your kids' Lego, why not send a picture
to RollOnFriday for judging? The best modeller will get a job at Winston & Strawn*.
*Job at Winston & Strawn not guaranteed.