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
       
     
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