And you thought Lego was just kid stuff. Turns out it can be high art, too.
Artist, writer, and designer Douglas Coupland is pulling out his reportedly mind-blowing collection of Lego this week, and he's inviting kids of all ages to build with him.
It's all the lead-up to the Lego-obsessed visionary's solo exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery in mid-2014, called everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, in which he'll be featuring a crowd-sourced tower made out of the bricks.
The little ones get the first go at the project this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Family Fuse events on Saturday and Sunday (November 23 and 24). Coupland and the Vancouver Lego Club will be leading hands-on tower-building, using Lego as an art supply. The hourlong workshops are for six-year-olds and up; those interested will need to sign up for a time. (They join activities throughout the gallery, from storytelling projects to sketch stations and art demonstrations.)
Big kids-at-heart get their chance to get in on the brick action in two ways. The first comes Tuesday night (November 26), for the CocktailsNLego event at the VAG: it will feature submissions fromlocal architects, engineers, designers, and creative types for the Towering Ambition award. The evening will feature free building and creative discussion, as well as drinks. Intracorp. Realty, James Cheng Architects, NW PLAN Inc, Ramsay Worden Architects Ltd., koka architecture + design inc. & RJC Engineering, Chimp Fund, and Jelly Marketing Inc. are just some of the participating tower builders.
Then, finally, at the adult FUSE:Crowd Studies event next Friday (November 29), more folks will get the chance to help build the crowd-sourced tower with Coupland and the Vancouver Lego Club, alongside the art party's offbeat mix of performances and installations.
And yes, there will be a bar there, too. Liquor and Lego: we like the sound of that already.