Gallery: Artist Uses LEGO Blocks to Rebuild New York City


Everyone loves LEGO blocks -- they are toys that never loses their charm. We've seen some incredible LEGO creations ranging from sailboats to racing cars and dream houses, and now the colorful toys are being used as real-life building blocks. Artist Jan Vormann took a team of volunteers across Brooklyn and Manhattan as part of the VOLTA artshow to fill in the blanks with the building blocks of our childhood.

All the Legos used in the project were donated from the Lego Graffiti Styles Convention in Munich. Vormann trolled New York for missing bricks, crumbling facades and plaster cracks and filled them in with the colorful blocks. The result was a striking reminder of how worn down so many New York City buildings are. With limited resources to fix the buildings facades the cracks and dents become a part of the city scene.

The team of volunteers that Vormann gathered ranged from ages 3 to 40 and helped him plant Lego surprises everywhere from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. Vormann’s New York adventure is part of a larger artistic endeavor called Dispatchwork. He’s been to ten cities around the world filling in the cracks with colorful Lego creations. This modern art project is a great exploration of unconventional function. Legos, though just a toy are also useful objects. They brought to life our childhood dreams in the most colorful ways. So now, what can we re-use them for?

+ Dispatchwork Website

+ Jan Vormann

Via Gothamist


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  1. generaljenny January 25, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Fantastic! What adherent would people recommend for such an installation?

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  3. Joann Plockova March 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Absolutely love this! A beautiful idea. It reminds of me guerilla gardening in that it adds color and life to the city, but with Legos.

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