OMA, Renzo Piano, BIG And Steven Holl Build Lego Structures For Olafur Eliasson Installation

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Architects including Steven Holl and Bjarke Ingels have created Lego buildings for an installation by artist Olafur Eliasson on the Large Line in Manhattan .

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

The interactive set up, known as The Collectivity Project, includes a fictional cityscape created with much more than two tons (one,800 kilograms) of white Lego bricks.

Eliasson commissioned 10 architecture companies to each and every develop an imaginary construction: James Corner Area Operations, Huge, David M Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Creating Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, Shop and Steven Holl Architects.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

Members of the public are encouraged to modify the installation, including blocks to the architect-created structures, resulting in an ever-altering composition.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson (From left to proper) Lego creations by OMA New York, Steven Holl Architects, Selldorf Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

OMA designed an asymmetrical tower that will get bulkier as it rises. Shop designed a spindly skyscraper, although Huge designed a pointy tower.


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Holl developed a blocky mid-rise structure. Renzo Piano’s company developed a building shaped like a pagoda, and James Corner Discipline Operations constructed a baobab tree.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson (From left to appropriate) Lego creations by Store, James Corner Discipline Operations, Renzo Piano Constructing Workshop, Huge and Robert A.M. Stern Architects

“In the cooperative spirit of the task, these first buildings will grow to be component of the collective architecture that the public builds above the four months of the project’s installation,” stated Close friends of the Substantial Line, the nonprofit organisation that oversees the park’s servicing and artwork programme.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson A visitor modifies a skyscraper by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The installation is situated at the stage the place the Higher Line – a former elevated railway converted into a park – intersects West 30th Street.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson Skyscraper by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (left) with a tower by Massive

A large mixed-use growth known as Hudson Yards is currently under building nearby.

“Put in in the growing shadow of the true estate growth of Hudson Yards, the mutable, human-scale artwork provides a compelling counterpoint to the concrete-and-steel towers that kind the project’s backdrop,” the organisation explained.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson Baobab tree created by James Corner Area Operations

The Collectivity Venture is part of the group exhibition Panorama, which functions the operate of 11 artists. The demonstrate is open to the public everyday from 10am to 7pm until 30 September 2015.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson

A variation of the installation was first presented by Eliasson in 2005 at the Tirana Biennale in Albania. It was later on proven in Oslo in 2006 and Copenhagen in 2008. The New York model was unveiled final Friday.

Lego Installation by Olafur Eliasson A visitor produces a bridge between OMA New York’s tower and Steven Holl’s blocky construction

Eliasson founded his eponymous studio in 1995 and right now employs around 75 men and women. His various portfolio involves sculptures, paintings, photography, films and installations.

In 2008, the Danish-Icelandic artist gained widespread recognition in New York for the 4 man-created waterfalls he designed in the city’s East River.

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