Introducing the “In Pieces” collection.

Aussie photographer Dean West and I banded together and dreamed up a series of large-scale images that combine his award-winning photography with my life-sized LEGO statuary. We spent two years traveling North America scouting for locations that would be visually ideal for the story we wanted to tell about culture, society and specifically identity.

UMBRELLA (pictured here) is one of the seven images in the series. As with the other six representations in the collection (not pictured), UMBRELLA compels the viewer to deconstruct each tableau, thereby exposing elements of the scene construction, revealing the one-of-a-kind LEGO sculpture hidden within and identifying the cultural significance as well.

A sneak peak of “In Pieces” debuts at the Columbus Museum of Art, opening November 9, 2012.

The LEGO umbrella in this scene took extreme patience to create, but it does successfully function to keep water off of the holder. This particular image was shot on location in Toronto. Contrary to popular belief, there was no singing.

Image: 43" x 57" Sculpture: 28" x 33" x 33"