If you haven't checked out the Olafur Eliasson "Lego" exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery (and previously at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery) then you are missing out on something special.
Comprising thousands of pieces of white Lego bricks scattered on a 12-metre-long white table, the work invites Gallery visitors to become "architects" by using the Lego to create endlessly re-forming structures limited only by imagination.
Towering cityscapes emerge from the rubble of Lego bricks and constantly evolve as new visitors contribute to the work through construction, modification, destruction and re-construction – processes inherent to the lifecycle of any metropolis.
Corian was selected for the table top by Scott Everson, who is responsbile for the exhibition spaces at the Auckland Art Gallery. Scott choose Corian due to its aesthetic fit (the table required final approval from The Eliasson studio), inherent durability (it would get used extensively over the six month period) and its tactile properties which made it ideal for a "hands on" exhibition (as it feels surprising warm and soft).
Four months on, the Corian part of the table still looks and feels great.
The Cubic Structural Evolution Project, 2004, is a hands-on installation by Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967 Copenhagen). Auckland Art Gallery, North Atrium. 1 September 2014 to 1 March 2015. Free entry.