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Build Your Own Lego Skyscrapers on the High Line

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Build Your Own Lego Skyscrapers on the High Line

Awhile back we discovered the Lego Architecture Studio. And more recently we featured Duggal client Jason Dussault, whose Lego-inspired mosaic surfboards are now being created live at Ruschmeyer’s on Long Island. The trend is: everyone loves Legos.

Everyone also loves NYC’s High Line, and now you can experience both together. *Minds explode*

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has brought The Collectivity Project, essentially a Lego utopia, to the newest extension of New York’s beloved elevated park. Previously seen in Tirana, Oslo and Copenhagen, Eliasson’s interactive installation features more than two tons of white Lego bricks and encourages passersby to build their architectural visions.


There’s a lot of fun to be had with this, but there’s also an underlying element of creative genius, particularly in the installation’s location at West 30th Street. As you create your ideal mini-skyscraper along the latest and final section of the High Line, you’ll have a resounding backdrop of real-life construction to inspire you as a whole new Manhattan neighborhood is being built before our eyes.


“We really wanted the piece to be here so people can really be inspired by what’s happening,” High Line Art director Cecilia Alemani told artnet News. “We hope it will be a way of creating a platform for people to get together and share their ideas about the future.”

To break ground on The Collectivity Project, Eliasson enlisted 10 of NYC’s most renowned architectural firms and asked them to help build a starter model city. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Bjarke Ingels Group, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and SHoP Architects all contributed.


Eliasson is no stranger to New York City. He worked as a studio assistant in Williamsburg in the early ‘90s, and in 2008 had both an exhibition at MoMA and a public art installation in New York Harbor. Put simply, he understands what New York is all about and has captured the city’s communal spirit in his High Line edition of The Collectivity Project.

Intrigued by the idea of building and rebuilding your own city? The Collectivity Project is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through September 30. Don’t forget to take a picture of your creation and tweet it to us at @DuggalNYC!

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