Although bricks are often used in utilitarian construction, Dutch artist Zagara uses them in new and interesting ways in his sculptures. Sometimes he does use them in a more traditional way, with the bricks stacked and held together with mortar. However, often he further cuts and shapes these creations after the mortar has dried. In other pieces, he doesn’t use mortar at all, but shapes single bricks or holds multiple pieces together with wire or other methods. The result is a wide variety of figurative sculptures, from chairs, to balls, to clouds, that made me think about this common material in a new way.