Approaching Lego City
Approaching Lego City

Is it Dubai? Is it Hong Kong? New York? Singapore? Toronto? Vancouver?

Or all of the above?

Cities used to be the result of collective will and a desire to shape – to control – our environments. They were expressions of the things that happened in them.

Now they're about branding and image. Like plastic, like LEGO City, they're no longer built to last - they can be pulled down when fashions change. LEGO City expresses the modern absence of community in city-shaping.


Although stylized, these photographs of LEGO City show us how the line between plastic and uninhabited has become virtually indistinguishable from the “real thing”.

This project is a collaboration between my husband, Raymond Girard, who built the city, and myself who art directed and photographed the city.

 Elevation No. 1

Elevation No. 1

 Approaching from the West

Approaching from the West

 Approaching from the East

Approaching from the East

 After 2 years of growth

After 2 years of growth

 Before the summer rains

Before the summer rains

 After the summer rains

After the summer rains

 Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex

 View from the Helicopter

View from the Helicopter

 Looking North

Looking North

 Hotel on a the hill

Hotel on a the hill

 Architectural detail

Architectural detail

 Tram on the viaduct

Tram on the viaduct

 Power station lighting up the city

Power station lighting up the city

 Streetview

Streetview

 Streetview at night

Streetview at night

Approaching Lego City
 Elevation No. 1
 Approaching from the West
 Approaching from the East
 After 2 years of growth
 Before the summer rains
 After the summer rains
 Polar Vortex
 View from the Helicopter
 Looking North
 Hotel on a the hill
 Architectural detail
 Tram on the viaduct
 Power station lighting up the city
 Streetview
 Streetview at night
Approaching Lego City

Is it Dubai? Is it Hong Kong? New York? Singapore? Toronto? Vancouver?

Or all of the above?

Cities used to be the result of collective will and a desire to shape – to control – our environments. They were expressions of the things that happened in them.

Now they're about branding and image. Like plastic, like LEGO City, they're no longer built to last - they can be pulled down when fashions change. LEGO City expresses the modern absence of community in city-shaping.


Although stylized, these photographs of LEGO City show us how the line between plastic and uninhabited has become virtually indistinguishable from the “real thing”.

This project is a collaboration between my husband, Raymond Girard, who built the city, and myself who art directed and photographed the city.

Elevation No. 1

Approaching from the West

Approaching from the East

After 2 years of growth

Before the summer rains

After the summer rains

Polar Vortex

View from the Helicopter

Looking North

Hotel on a the hill

Architectural detail

Tram on the viaduct

Power station lighting up the city

Streetview

Streetview at night

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