by Insiders Dunedin

Today we checked out the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's latest exhibit. The project is by Olafur Eliasson that engages the viewer as the co-creator. This exciting project relies on the creativity of all that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Utilising Lego, the space is coming to life by everyone who participates. This is something that is ever-changing and is definitely worth checking out. To get a better understanding of what this project is about the Dunedin Public Art Gallery explains it in detail below:

"Olafur Eliasson's [b. 1967 Denmark] consideration of how people perceive and experience the world around them is at the heart of his artistic practice. His highly acclaimed photographs, sculptures and installations explore the various relationships between nature and technology, perception and reality, the individual and the environment. One work that epitomises this interest in the structure and formation of environments, and the role of individuals within that, is the cubis structural evolution project. 

As interest in his Danish history, with a particular focus on socialism, is ever-present in his work; here lego is used as both an artistic medium and tool for social commentary. This popular construction toy takes its name from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means 'play well' and despite changes in design and purpose of individual parts, this universal system of building blocks has remained compatible with very first pieces manufactured in 1949. 

For this project, Eliasson has created a minimal and entertaining site that encourages a very direct level of engagement. Thousands of white Lego bricks, scattered on an eight metre long white table, awaits an audience to transform it into a work of art. Participants are invited to actively guide and shape a section of the work as it spontaneously materialises over the duration of its installation. As more people add their contribution to the project it will grow larger, more complex and unruly. Here, gallery visitors are simultaneously 'the artist' and yet also one of many parts of this creative social system. 

With a simple material and lots of imagination the viewer assums the role of architect - there are limitless possibilities to createa skyscraper, a cottage, a castle or even your family home. Ultimately, the exhibition itself becomes about the people who make it. Aviewer may start from scratch or continue with a partially constructed piece left behind from a previous 'builder'. From a pile of plastic rubble a diverse and ever-changing cityscape will surface. "

Post submitted by Joshua Jeffery



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