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The Cubic Structural Evolution Project

Two young teenage boys construct large lego towers from pieces of white lego

Olafur Eliasson
The Cubic Structural Evolution Project, 2004
Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Jules Boag

Olafur Eliasson's Cubic structural evolution project was an interactive artwork that invited the audience to unleash their imagination on thousands of white Lego bricks.

The project centred on the individual, and their ability to contribute uniquely through their imagination, as well as the collaborative power of communities. Individuals were both 'the artist' as well as only one part of the whole.

Towering cityscapes emerged out of the rubble of Lego bricks and constantly evolved as new visitors contributed to the work through construction, modification, destruction and re-construction – processes inherent to the life cycle of any metropolis.

The project was first presented as one of a series of installations at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, in October 2004. The project was deliberately designed for younger audiences, although the nature of the simple construction process appealed to a diverse range of visitors.

The work was intended to 'evolve' endlessly, change and undergo transformation through the interaction of visitors. The work would never achieve a static, 'finished' condition.

'… one should also not overly focus on the result. Instead I think the process and the kind of engagement that one puts into a process like this is much more significant'.
Olafur Eliasson