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Lego: not just for choking one to nine-year-olds

October 16, 2009


An example of Jan Vormann’s Lego patchwork in Berlin, Germany. courtesy the artist’s Flickr page

Obviously in Canada our buildings don’t bare the visual reminders of the effects of urban warfare, unlike, say, Iraq or Afghanistan, or even parts of Europe during WWII. This is exactly where an artist by the name of Jan Vormann has decided to take matters into its own hands and started patching up all the grenade and mortar shell holes in the buildings in places like Germany, Italy and Sarajevo …. with none other than Lego.

Spacing magazine recently ran an interesting post about  the project and provided a link to the artist’s Flickr set. To say the least it’s a really interesting – although obviously not permanent – way to highlight the recent and violent history of these places, as well as the adversity of every child’s favourite potentially lethal toy, but in a fun and creative way. That, plus the multi-coloured legos contrast with the bricks and mortar of old world Europe perfectly, really highlighting just how extensive the damage is. Now if they could just enlist Zack the Legomaniac to help out, not only could he whip these buildings back into shape, but probably cure world homelessness all within a week or so.

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 16, 2009 7:04 pm

    i’m sure he could great idea

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