New York, N.Y. (2015) – As part of the current High Line exhibition, Panorama (April 23, 2015 – March 2016), Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson brings The Collectivity Project to New York City for its North American debut. In this interactive installation, the public can participate in building and rebuilding a model cityscape using over two tons of white LEGO bricks. A collective design will emerge as the piece develops, drawing from structures imagined and remembered by the builders.
“Part utopian vision of our future, part commentary on the recent developments in our cities, the project will generate a space for conversation and exchange among our communities,” says Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art. On view daily from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at West 30th Street, the installation opened May 29 and will continue to evolve through September 30, 2015. Free weekly public programming will encourage further community interaction around The Collectivity Project.
The Collectivity Project has previously been installed in public squares in Tirana, Albania (2005), Oslo, Norway (2006), and Copenhagen, Denmark (2008). In New York, the installation on the High Line creates a striking juxtaposition with the surrounding Hudson Yards development. For the opening of the installation, a variety of architecture firms with projects happening in the neighborhood—BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, Steven Holl Architects—were invited to build one visionary structure each. The photos above show some of these structures being transformed as the public alters or builds onto them, sometimes even linking them together.