Tate Modern Declares Lego Art

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the Tate Modern's favourite installation providers is coming back this year with a fun new project designed to make us think etc., although this one only appears to work on one level. Olafur Eliasson is having one tonne of white Lego bricks delivered to the gallery, for playing with. It is not quite as artistically challenging as seeing the natural world die in real time.

Eliasson's tonne of bricks will be installed/dumped in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall this summer, which'll be the best thing to happen there since they put in the massive slides. The art thinking behind the Lego dump is to challenge people to build their dream city of the future, with successive visiting builders adding to or taking away from – and stealing pieces of – the structure, so it evolves in a collaborative manner.

Even if some drunken youths vandalise it all and shit on the tables near closing time that'll be OK too, as it can then be a metaphor for urban life or regeneration or decay or how there's no point trying to create anything nice any more as we're all doomed by the lowest common denominators of society. Or something. I don't know. I did business studies not art.

There'll be more from Eliasson too, as the Lego exhibition is part of a larger retrospective of his older works – and he's done the Lego thing before too. It goes live on July 11. [TATE via Guardian]