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Over the years Coupland noticed how people at Lego building events cannibalize structures left behind by previous builders, in the process creating radical hybrid forms. The artist hijacked this mode of creation and produced Towers, which consists of crowd-sourced Lego structures he then selected, modified, assembled into towers and then combined into a complex urban landscape, adding his own forms in the process.

Growing up on the West Coast of North America in the latter half of the twentieth century, Douglas Coupland's childhood was imbued with a deep-rooted optimism, a sense that tomorrow would be an improvement on today. It wasn't until the 1990s that the artist realized his belief in the inevitability of progress was rooted in his post-war upbrining. Through his work, Coupland reflects on both the dystopic and fantastical possibilities that emerge from this perspective.

Details

  • Title: Towers
  • Creator: Douglas Coupland
  • Date: 2014
  • Physical Dimensions: w299.7 x h198.1 x d299.7 cm (overall, 50 components)
  • Exhibition section: Growing Up Utopian
  • Credit line: Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery
  • Type: sculpture
  • Medium: Lego

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