It’s occurred to me that lego blocks, molded the size of concrete blocks, could make a vibrant and curious home building material. I’m not structural engineer, though I can imagine there may be some issues with my idea. Until the possibility comes to some form of fruition, I’ll have to suffice with this installation.
Lego is having its 50th anniversary and the Australia/New Zealand office is honoring it with a 9 month celebration. Legos as we know them had to wait for the invention of plastic, then cellulose acetate. The patent was granted in 1947, production began in 1949, but it wasn’t until 1953 that the blocks were renamed Lego.
As part of the anniversary celebration, the Danish company has created a life size installation of it’s trees and flowers. The trees stand 4 meters, or approximately 13 feet tall. The forest was originally installed in Sydney. Given the enthusiastic reception it received, they recreated it in Broken Hill, located in the Australian Desert.
The installation is quite striking in the desert environment and building it around a house allows the viewer to get a sense of the scale (you can see more photos at the source link). On a positive note, the new “plants” don’t require water; ideal for the desert environment. However, they may confuse the wildlife and no one should eat anything that might grow on them.
Now that I know they can produce the trees in this scale, I respectfully recommend that the start a line of holiday trees. Assembly would be a snap and clean up would be no fuss.
- via Inhabitat