the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings

Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings

Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings
Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings

After 10 years of exploring the world and making LEGO interventions to city walls and masonry in disrepair, artist Jan Vormann invites you to contribute to the ongoing project Dispatchwork. Vormann began making these toy-block repairs in Bocchignano, Italy, and since has made colorful additions to Tel Aviv and Berlin. 

Jan Vormann has visited nearly 40 cities across Europe, Central America, Asia, and the United States. Some of the installations use a handful of toy bricks while some have used up to 20 pounds.

Courtesy of Jan Vormann
Courtesy of Jan Vormann

Tel Aviv 2008 #dispatchwork #repairing #artinpublicspaces #streetart

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Swab Barcelona 2010 #dispatchwork #swab #barcelona #streetart @swabartfair

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Some have perceived the patchwork as a plea for a more permanent repair, Vormann explains in response to having his colorful bricks replaced with real brick and mortar within days of the intervention.

Dispatchwork Caracas done by @incursionesve #caracas #streetart #artinpublicspaces #dispatchwork

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Jan Vormann describes Dispatchwork as a way to take back public spaces, making their mark in a playful way. Many have taken it upon themselves as artists and children-at-heart to contribute to Dispatchwork, aligning with the playful and lofty mission of the work.

Ganz Novi Festival 2015 #dispatchwork #zagreb #croatia #instaart #streetart #artinpublic @streetartglobe

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Dispatchwork aims at childhood-memories in abstract shapes and vivid colors, towards a global collaboration of persons unknown to each other. This project is made for all those who identify as one of the others and embrace transitoriness. Persons who like to share their time playfully and don’t mind when the unglued structures slowly ‘dissolve’ (friendly to our environment) back into kids toyboxes” is a selection from the mission statement that calls to action.

Dispatchwork Inside #dispatchwork #exhibition #bamberg @bamberg_de @bamberglieben #streetart #inside

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

“While overcoming national borders, this is a Forum to further develop, piece by piece, a global game together. A handful used bricks of whichever brand is plenty, and enough to submit a contribution. Because nobody enjoys living in dull cities and not only kids can imagine the world more colorful!” So, grab the handful of bricks you have leftover from your most recent masterpiece, take to the streets and contribute your own patch to Dispatchwork.

Aarhus 2010 Gadekunstdag #dispatchwork #streetart #artinpublicspaces #art #gadekunst

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Imaginez Maintenant / Toulouse 2010 #dispatchwork #france #streetart @streetartglobe

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

Very Fun Parc / Taipei 2012 #taiwan #dispatchwork

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

W 12th street - New York City 2015 #dispatchwork

A post shared by jan vormann (@janvormann) on

Kunstsommer Arnsberg 2009 #dispatchwork #Arnsberg #lego

A post shared by dispatchwork (@dispatchwork) on

News via: Dispatchwork.

Cite: Samantha Buckley. "Using LEGO to Save Crumbling Cities and Buildings" 17 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/881278/lego-patchwork-brings-new-life-to-cities/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments

用乐高修补建筑的缺口,为历史增添一份童趣