Create a City Out of Legos at Olafur Eliasson’s High Line Art Installation

Olafur Eliasson
Installation view courtesy High Line Art

Everything is awesome! Internationally renowned installation artist Olafur Eliasson is inviting passersby of the High Line to participate in his new work, The collectivity project. The task? Create your vision of an ideal city…with legos.

Open daily from 10am to 7pm until September 30, visitors are encouraged to come, build and rebuild an imaginary skyline with hundreds of white legos at their disposal. When the project opened on May 29, Eliasson collaborated with several Manhattan architectural firms to create a few structures in order to get the ball rolling; all were quickly rebuilt by participants. In a press release, the ultimate outcome of the project is illuminated,

“As the inevitable entropy of the piece begins to soften the hard edges of the designed structures, and mounds of loose pieces gather in the corners between buildings, a beautiful collective creation takes form.”

The utopian vision of the project coupled with the nostalgic materials and relational aesthetics is typical of the Danish-Icelandic artist’s work, highlights of which include 2003’s The weather project,where he turned the turbine hall of the Tate Modern into a simulated atmosphere with humidifiers, lights and mirrors.

You can participate in The collectivity project this summer on the High Line at W 30th St.


In NY This Week: The World’s Largest LEGO Art Exhibit

We’ve all seen some pretty impressive things done with LEGO® bricks, but New York artist Nathan Sawaya keeps setting the bar higher and higher. He’s done a giant red-tailed hawk, commissioned by skateboarder Tony Hawk. He’s done incredible, sculptural, life-size human figures—one of which is tearing open his own chest, spilling yet more yellow bricks. He’s even done a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.  

Sawaya’s traveling “The Art of the Brick®” show (everything is a registered trademark when you’re using this medium) will hit the Discovery Times Square museum on Thursday, June 13. And while this collection has already garnered critical acclaim around the globe, Sawaya will be debuting some new pieces that promise to stun and inspire.

So what the heck: brave the midtown crowds for once and reconnect with your inner child this week. You can always pig out at Carnegie Deli afterward. Plus, you just might find yourself rummaging around your parents’ basement to find that bucket of toy bricks that once held limitless possibilities.

 But you’d better get there quick: my mom already threw mine out.

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Nerd Builds Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Out Of 400,000 LEGOs

Meet Alice Finch, the Harry Potter enthusiast who built an architecturally accurate interior and exterior of Hogwarts with 400,000 LEGOs.


There’s a new time-lapse video on Geekologie showing the landcape, which took over a year to create, being set up. In addition to her nearly half-million LEGOs, Finch also used over 250 mini figurines. The completed works fit inside 40 large boxes for transport.

Very much deservedly, she took home the Best In Show and the People’s Choice awards from 2012 LEGO convention, Brick Con. You really have to look at Alice Finch’s Flickr page for photographs for just how intricately she designed the setup.   

Watch the video below. It will either make you feel like you’ve accomplished nothing with your life or like you must be doing everything right.

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Photographers Not Allowed At The Killers’ Concert, Music Blog Recreates Show In LEGOs

The Killers at the O2 Arena in Dublin would not allow a photographers at the show. So enterprising photographer Debbie Hickey of the Irish music blog Golden Plec got creative: she photographed LEGOs posed like The Killers.

All of Golden Plec’s other interviews and blog posts are all illustrated with real, live humans but not so for Brandon Flowers and the rest of the band. They apparently have a strict "No photographers!" rule.   Writes Hickey on her blog:  

"Last weekend I built, composed and photographed “The Killers”. My tools : Lego, Paper backdrop a Camera and Bob’s your Uncle! The reason for this was because the band have a strict no photographers rule. I first encountered this ridiculous rule at electric picnic last year, 10 minutes before the band were set to go on stage we were told – “No photographers allowed, you’ll have to leave the pit”. As they were one of my favourite bands I hoped to shoot, I was left feeling a little deflated. Their o2 gig in Dublin this weekend was no different. Photographers be gone! No Photopass? No problem! If I can’t shoot them, I’ll build them, Never let it be said that GoldenPlec doesn’t get the shot!"

Hickey said she spent a "few … hours sifting through" all her LEGOs to find plastic yellow men who resembled the band. While the photoseries, which you can see on their web site, is very clever, it does make the band seem a little high-maintenance. Nobody else refuses photographers at their concerts, do they? 

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‘Avengers’ LEGOs Do The ‘Harlem Shake’

"Harlem Shake" videos know no bounds: even children’s toys are not immune.


Here’s an animated video by SpastikChuwawa of LEGOs of The Avengers characters doing a Harlem Shake video.

We’ve got Hulk tossing Loki in the air, Captain America missing out on the fun, and Black Widow, Thor and Iron Man are shaking their little plastic thangs. 

It’s not quite as good as Michael Jackson dance moves recreated in LEGOs. Or the Grumpy Cat "Harlem Shake" video. But then again, what is? 

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Michael Jackson Dance Moves, Recreated In LEGOs

Oh, the Internet.


Via Vimeo, Talking Animals, an animation studio out of Berlin, created this short spot of Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves out of the most ’90s of mediums: LEGOs.

Black, gray and white LEGOs comprise the King Of Pop’s body, including up-close shots of his feet. 

That must have taken a heck of a long time to do. It’s too bad Talking Animals wasn’t able to set Jackson’s dancing to his actual music; instead the only audio is the sound of shoes shuffling.

Watch below:

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