Friday, May 29, 2009

Repairing the World, One Lego at a Time

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OK. I REALLY FREAKING LOVE THIS. LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! Apparently, there is a 26-year old dude in Berlin, Germany who goes around and repairs old WWII bullet hole, chips and cracks with colorful Lego blocks! Jan Vormann, born in 1983, quietly goes about his daily task of repairing lost areas of walls, bridges and buildings throughout the city. Others assist him from time-to-time, in fact, he teaches others how to do it. He calls it “Dispatchwork.”


As a urban artform, Vormann has also been invited to Italy (the mosaic/tile capital of the world) to demonstrate his art. I think we should bring the artform to the U.S. Obviously, after the cracked wall is fitted with the right amount of Lego’s, the assembled piece must be glued into place. Vormann has been stopped before for making “repairs” to the exterior of a museum by security guards, but he continues to make a world a better place—one Lego at a time.

Lego, as a brand, was introduced to the world in 1934. It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1940. In 1949, Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”.

If you make a Lego repair somewhere in your neighborhood, take a photo of it and email it to me. Here’s to Jan Vormann!

Some images above from Yatzer.com, and more can be found here.

15 comments:

j. Winkel said...

John, after living in Manhattan for 25 years, I was so tired of contemporary "art" (and what claimed to be art) that I never thought it would interest me again. It does now...all I needed was a good editor. Thanks for being that! This artist, and I mean to use that word carefully, is a great find. Thanks!

Maureen said...

Fabulous, very clever, I like the contrast between the old greyness and bright colored plastic. Reminds me of a street artist I used to see in Soho, don't know his name, who made tiny clay buildings in holes too. And another who imbedded photos in sidewalk holes and poured resin on top to protect them. Maybe you could research them too.

erin said...

wonderful! thanks for sharing.

Red-SSR said...

John, you always amaze me with your special finds. Thanks again for your wonderful blog...Gary

Joey said...

Awesome find!

Kylie said...

So wonderful! I LOVE your blog - I look forward to every new post - they're always so special. I also put some of your post finds on my blog, but I always let them know where to find you - you are so amazing! (Fan gushing over!) K

Linda said...

Oh God, John, this is the best.

ana ventura said...

This work is very nice! Thanks for sharing :-)

Sabine, La Marquise des anges said...

what a great idea and a wonderful work !! thnaks for sharing. I love it .

thevoyageofv said...

So fantastic! I love this...

The Lil Bee said...

This is fantastic! Just found you from V's blog. Really love this.

Paz123 said...

Thanks for sharing the awesome pics.!! Well, I like the idea to repair the world with Lego.

Jess said...

This is one of the very greatest things about blogging. I am not sure how, when or if I would have ever bumped into Jan Vormann or his genius work on my own.

New reader here but I'll be back, no doubt about it.

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I am quite jealous if your fun weekend, although not so much of your burned temple. I've never gotten into shooting handguns being more of a rifle girl myself...but that does look like a blast
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bethanylaker said...

its so cool and i love it..its also a great to look at specially the colors are so bright and cool..this is still a good help also

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