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June 15, 2015

A New York City public art exhibit encourages visitors to get hands-on with Legos.

It’s called The Collectivity Project, and it’s in the High Line, a lower Manhattan park that used to be a railway line. The artist behind the project is Olafur Eliasson, a well-known Danish artist who specializes in art in the public space. Eliasson, together with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, crafted Moon, an open digital online space in which users could work together on individual web browsers to draw a giant replica of Earth’s Moon. On his own, Eliasson created New York City Waterfalls, a gropu of four man-made waterfalls in New York harbor. He is also known for art projects that call attention to the environment.

The Collectivity Project had a semi-public opening on May 20, 2015, with one person from each of a selection of architecture firms spending most of a day building an iconic New York City building. Then, it was tear-down time, in preparation for the public launch, which occurred the following day.

The project is now open to the public, daily, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The only stipulation is that people use the white Legos that Eliasson has provided. The rest is up to the users, who can build or rebuild, as they see fit.

So far, visitors have created cityscapes and other views of the Big Apple. Several visitors reported wanting to construct buildings as high as they possibly could, reflecting New York’s well-known skyscraper landscape.

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