By David Robichaud, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Artist Nathan Sawaya starting tinkering with Legos when he was about 5 years old.

He eventually became a corporate lawyer making a lot of money, but he wasn’t happy.

Sawaya wanted to create things.

He had always tinkered with drawing and sculpting in his spare time, but a few years ago he reconnected with his boyhood passion.

“I wanted to take some famous pieces from art history and try and replicate them, out of this very famous brick, the Lego brick,” he told WBZ-TV.

One of Nathan Sawaya's creations. (WBZ-TV)

One of Nathan Sawaya’s creations. (WBZ-TV)

He has recreated paintings by Van Gogh, statues by Michelangelo and even an actual size statue from Easter Island – all with Legos.

“People connect to the art on a different level because it’s made out of a toy they’re familiar with.”

He’s also developed several original pieces.

One of Nathan Sawaya's creations. (WBZ-TV)

One of Nathan Sawaya’s creations. (WBZ-TV)

“My whole role is to inspire others and I want them to go home and create. Creating art makes me happy and I hope it makes other people happy.”

Sawaya unveiled his new exhibit “The Art Of The Brick” at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston on October 9.

One of Nathan Sawaya's creations. (WBZ-TV)

One of Nathan Sawaya’s creations. (WBZ-TV)

He also designs custom commissioned pieces from the toy bricks.

Some of his clients include Lady Gaga and former President Bill Clinton.

You can learn more about Sawaya on his website.

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