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- (toy) plaything: an artifact designed to be played with
- An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something
- (toy) dally: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"
- An object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult
- A person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness
- (toy) a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier); "a toy stove"
LEGO UK commissioned the award
designer, Sebastian Bergne, to create a public installation using the iconic bricks, as part of the London Design Festival 2011. Entitled the "LEGO Greenhouse", this large-scale installation will be on display in the North East Piazza, Covent Garden, the West End's premier retail, cultural and entertainment district, from 15th to 25th September 2011.
The LEGO Greenhouse is the first fully functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO bricks. The walls, the floors, even the earth is LEGO bricks. The plants and vegetables growing inside are however, entirely real.
Drawing inspiration from Covent Garden's history as London's original fruit and vegetable market, the pitched roof glasshouse installation will take up residence outside the iconic Market Building in the high-profile North Piazza directly facing James Street, the main gateway into the Piazza.
Since its first interlocking brick was launched in 1949, LEGO products have become more popular than any other
toy in history. LEGO bricks, by their very nature, are all about design and creativity, stimulating imaginations and inspiring the builders of tomorrow. The interlocking principle with its tubes makes it unique and offers unlimited building possibilities. With about 3,900 different elements in the LEGO range, plus 58 different LEGO colours, all LEGO elements are fully compatible and six eight-studded LEGO bricks can be combined in 915 million different ways.
Covent Garden has collaborated with the London Design Festival for
four years and is a key destination within the Festival's calendar. In addition, the neighbourhood has a rich history in delivering free, world-class cultural content on the Piazza and surrounding areas having previously collaborated with Tate Modern and Somerset House and on exhibitions from the likes of Sam Taylor Wood and Banksy.
Industrial designer, Sebastian Bergne, has run his own design studio in London for
20 years. Having generally designed consumer products including lighting and furniture, Bergne's LEGO creation uses the iconic bricks to demonstrate the possibilities of LEGO bricks in a public space. Inspiration has been drawn from Covent Garden's design heritage and cultural history as well as the design community in London itself, reflecting the overall Festival programme.
In daylight, the structure looks very much like an ordinary suburban greenhouse dropped into a new environment. Yet at night, it assumes another
character entirely. It is transfor
med into a magical box, glowing and lit it seems, by the life of the plants it contains.
Though a temporary installation, the LEGO Greenhouse's functionality hints at the possible potential of LEGO bricks to bridge the gap between toy and useable construction for
the real world.
Sebastian Bergne comments, "It's been a pleasure to be involved with this project for LEGO UK and Covent Garden. What instinctively appealed to me, was that I would finally have the chance to live out a childhood dream and build something huge and usable out of LEGO bricks.
"As with the majority of my work, I enjoy taking a material or process and pushing the boundary of what can be done with it. This time we have created an interesting juxtaposition of a natural environment growing in an almost digital, mass-produced LEGO structure, and it makes you look at LEGO bricks in a new way.
"In my work, I love to make something special from the ordinary, and I hope that's what has happened here. It's an everyday function, made of a material we know, in an ordinary environment, but together they make something extraordinary and I think it is going to be quite magical."
Bergne has worked closely with the LEGO Build and Technical Teams and Covent Garden to realise the project, with the final design built and installed by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK's only LEGO Certified Professional.
Plants and vegetables will be supplied by Indoor Garden Design (www.indoorgardendesign.com); lighting will be provided by LED Tape (www.led-tape.com).
The LEGO Greenhouse will be exhibiting in the North East Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2 from 15th to 25th September 2011, as part of the London Design Festival 2011. Free admission.
Judhe Jensen, "The Dragon Laydee"
A dear friend for 35+ years, Judhe (pronounced: Jude) Jensen, is an incredible and creative genius. Since 1978, Judhe has been an award winning
artist at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, where she runs her artist’s booth called, “Wizard’s Toys Pottery.” For decades, she has sculpted and fired some of the most creative, original, and fascinating pottery dragons that you will ever see, anywhere in the world! She is equally talented as a graphics artist.
In 1979, I first started helping Judhe with running her booth at the KC RenFest. By 1982, the Festival had allowed me to become an official partner in her booth, and I began displaying/selling stained glass windows there, at least through 1989. After that, in 1990, my Early Music quintet called, “The Castle & Cross Consort,” of which I am one of the original members, began performing regularly at the KC RenFest (through 2004), and I stopped displaying any stained glass at the Festival.
For this Festival, Judhe created (and portrayed) a fantastic character named, “The Dragon Laydee.” This is a photo from 1983 with Judhe in full “Dragon Laydee” regalia. Especially in those early days of the Festival, Judhe was (and undoubtedly still is) very good friends with two other
wonderful artists who were also working there. They were Gloria Warnock, who is also a “potter” from Reeds Spring, MO, whose booth was called “Sweetwood Pottery", and Kathy Barnard, a very well known stained glass artist in Kansas City, Missouri. On quiet afternoons at the Festival, the three of them would roam the grounds together and were informally known as “The Three Brazen Harlots!”
+++++Please look at the photos in my set “Renaissance Festival stained glass, etc.” to see more about Judhe, our booth, the stained glass windows I made for display there, and the wonderful characters and friends we met through the KC RenFest!
***This photo is a recently shot duplicate of my original print, which had been taken in years past with a non-digital camera.***
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