Radical Restoration: Crumbling Buildings Get a Facelift with LEGO

Radical Restoration: Crumbling Buildings Get a Facelift with LEGO

Linda Ly
Feb 21, 2012

At the intersection of street art and architecture is the fascinating work of German artist Jan Vormann, who travels around the world and restores crumbling buildings with nothing more than LEGO blocks.

On his website dispatchwork, Vormann chronicles his installations from New York to St. Petersburg and everywhere in between.

According to Vormann, his efforts in Berlin were his favorite: "I filled in the holes still left by guns and shrapnel from the Second World War. That drew people's attention to the LEGO and hopefully they would ask themselves why the LEGO was there."

Dozens of plastic-pimping volunteers (called "dispatchers"), including tourists and passersby, worked with Vormann to patch up bullet holes left behind by World War II. Colorful little blocks were pressed into fissures in the facade of Kupfergraben/Dorotheenstra├če, a building at Humboldt University — each patch representing a unique style of the dispatcher at work.

View the rest of Vormann's art on his website.

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(Images: dispatchwork)

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