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It isn’t easy to build a skyscraper. Or, for that matter, to tear one down.
But Olafur Eliasson thinks city dwellers and visitors should have a chance to do just that. In his most recent public-art installation, “The Collectivity Project,” the Danish-Icelandic artist offers nearly one million white plastic Lego bricks as building materials, inviting visitors to the High Line to snap together their own ideas for utopian urban design.
The installation opened Friday beneath the looming construction of 10 Hudson Yards on 30th Street, in one of the most rapidly developing areas of the city. In its early hours, it attracted a few dozen people eager to try their hand, collectively, at city-building.
“I don’t really know what I’m making right now,” said Yuk Wah, a photo stylist from Queens who fashioned a rectangular structure and placed it by a miniature tower designed by one of New York’s top architecture firms.
The artist had invited several— Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, among others—to seed the imaginary Lego cityscape with a starter set of “visionary” structures. His hope: that their handiwork would be taken down and built up again and again. The installation will be open through September 30. […]