Lego greenhouse uses bricks as growing medium


Sebastian Bergne's Lego greenhouse isn't merely an enormous structure made from transparent legos*, it's also a functional greenhouse that apparently uses legos as a growing medium.

LEGO commissioned the award-winning 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 Piazza, Covent Garden, a world-renowned cultural district, from 15th to 25th September 2011...

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 transformed into a magical box, glowing and lit it seems, by the life of the plants it contains.

(via Cribcandy)

*ObPedantTroll: legos legos legos legos ahahahahahaha!

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      1. Re: regional differences in English. I like listening to BBC World Service and hearing them talk about maths, drugs-dealers, and then eventually they’ll have a segment on sport. Weirds, weirds and weird.

  1. Will be on display in Covent Garden until… yesterday. Nice timing there.

    I very much doubt they’re using the bricks as a growing medium – that’s possible but hard, and this project is all about unimportant fluff. My prediction is that they’re using bricks as mulch: it’s a layer on top of the actual soil.

  2. That’s pretty cool, as art; but rather pointless and extremely opulent in these times.

    The cost of those Lego Bricks would be— what about 60 thousand US dollars?
    I wonder if the motivation was be a shill for the Lego Corporation or comment on the high cost of organic foods?

     However, I’m afraid the motivation would most likely be ‘it’s cool and I can get funding’.
    To me a lego green house is the catagory as gold plated toilet seats.

    And my guess is the plants etc where planted (supported) after the green house was built for installation and everything is doomed to die and wasn’t originally grown in the medium or the green house.

    1. Since this work was commissioned by Lego, I would be surprised if anyone had to pay full retail price to obtain the bricks. In any case, it essentially would be Lego paying Lego for the material.

      And building a structure out of ABS plastic is hardly a “gold plated toilet seat” level of opulence.

    2.  However, I’m afraid the motivation would most likely be ‘it’s cool and I can get funding’.

      Yeah, I’m with you. The best art is boring and never made for lack of funds.

  3. I thought the plural of Lego was Lego. “It’s made of Lego” like “it’s made of  concrete” or “She’s wearing Prada”. This “Legos” phenomenon seems to be American.
    For anyone remotely interested, the multicoloured fruiting bush you can see in the picture is a Twilight chili. They do grow red, yellow, orange and purple all on the same branch, depending on how ripe the fruit are.

    1. It’s because they talk about doing math. The s they’re not using has to go somewhere.

      Edit: ah, I see someone already made that joke. Move along.

  4. wow, I’ll be the first person to respond with a generic “I think that’s cool.” Haters gonna hate, I guess.

  5. Don’t slag Cory too much for his “Legos”.  He probably still uses the term “pencil crayons”, too.

  6. Lost in the great Plural of Lego battle is the fact that all those clear “glass” Lego bricks are going to turn yellow after being left in the sun for a while.  Let’s check back in with with Mr. Clever Trousers in a year and see how his green house is faring.

  7. This has been blogged all over the place, and my Lego loving husband immediately commented on  how quickly UV rays would yellow the bricks and make it impractical. Interesting as an art project, tho.

    1. my Lego loving husband immediately commented on  how quickly UV rays would yellow the bricks and make it impractical.

      UV? In London?

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