architect: Olafur Eliasson

location: New York

year: 2015

Olafur Eliasson’s The collectivity project is a participatory installation of an imaginary cityscape built with over two tons of white LEGO® bricks, installed on the High Line at West 30th Street in New York. The Danish-Icelandic artist invites people to create an imaginary cityscape, to play with the installation, building and rebuilding the structures over time. Art is for Eliasson, perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self,  a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. The collectivity project has previously been installed in public squares in Tirana, Albania (2005), Oslo, Norway (2006), and Copenhagen, Denmark (2008).Opened on 29th May 2015, thanks to Friends of the High Line in collaboration with local non-profit organizations, will offer free weekly public programs and educational activities. These programs will further activate this collective creation, by inviting the public to interact with the project and learn more about topics of urbanism, architecture, and the growth of our cities. Kids and family programs, teens and adult workshops, and other public programs will animate the installation, generating a democratic public plaza where the community meets, learns, and exchanges ideas.

May 29 – September 30, daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on the high line at west 30th street