In collaboration with Highline Art, celebrated Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has created an incredible interactive exhibit using over 2 tons of white Legos. Since late May, the exhibition has been inviting Hudson Yard visitors to build their own micro cities alongside the historic architecture of Manhattan. Though slated to close this weekend, the exhibition has now been extended until October 12th.
Entitled The Collectivity Project, the installation has proven to be an Instagram favorite, as the tiny city changes daily as thousands of tourists engage with their inner child. The legos are dispersed on multiple tables in a circular structure allowing for many visitors to shape their Lego universes at the same time.
Eliasson also commissioned ten top architecture firms who have building projects near the High Line to construct their own impressive Lego buildings on site. Designs varied greatly as James Corner Field Operations built a baobab tree, Renzo Piano created a pagoda, while SHoP and OMA created spindly towers. Visitors have been able to add onto the structures, allowing for an interesting collaboration between the general population and the people who shape their cities.
The Collectivity Project has previously been installed in public spaces in Albania, Norway, and Denmark prior to it’s NYC debut. The concept stems from Eliasson’s interest in engaging the broader public with concepts of art to help stimulate thinking that will lead to action.
The interactive exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to anyone over the age of 4, so don’t miss the opportunity to get your Lego on!