Over the weekend, Chris and I visited the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (and thank God for our GPS - without it, we would be lost and eating tree bark in New Hampshire, I'm sure). The grounds of the museum were so pretty that we snapped a ton of pictures (more on my Flickr acccount), but one of the best things we saw was the LEGO exhibit in the main building. According to the site, "New York-based 'brick artist' Nathan Sawaya has elevated LEGO® construction to an art form. Besides recreating objects and buildings - which he does, brilliantly - Sawaya uses the LEGO® brick as other artist's use canvas, stone, or clay: to express himself and to challenge viewers to interpret his creations."
The art this fella created, using the building blocks from my childhood, was amazing. He created a whole minature city, complete with working trains. He made an enormous T-Rex that touched the ceiling. And his portraits of people were amazing.
This piece touched me, in particular. I was very taken with the idea of a literally self-made man, piecing himself together, brick by brick. It made me think of how we are constantly battling a condition that does its best to break us down, leaving our bodies needing to be reconstructed.
Diabetes breaks us down, and we do our best to build back up. While I don't like diabetes, I do like the idea that nothing can truly break me down. I'm always ready to try again, ready to rebuild. Never, ever giving up.