Brick by Brick: Jan Vormann Brings His Lego-based "Dispatchwork" to Nuart 2018
One of the artists we were excited to meet and see work during the 2018 Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway was Berlin-based, Jan Vormann. Vormann has gained notoriety in a fascinating way, especially apart from his more conceptual gallery work. He has become known as the Lego Man, as his Dispatchwork project has seen him go around the world using Legos to replace cracks and damages in the urban landscape. For Nuart, he brought the project to the streets of Stavanger, but was also given the opportunity to talk about his work and the scope of the Dispatchwork network.
Vormann describes the project as “a forum to further develop, piece by piece, a global game together”, one that encourages citizens to take back public space and leave their mark in a playful way…”as long as you don’t mind when the structures slowly ‘dissolve’ or ‘disappear’ back into children’s toyboxes”, he says.
The project itself has spawned an entire website and network where Vormann encourages other people to participate in their own cities, as you can see on this site and the map of Dispatchwork around the world.
As Vormann writes, "Dispatchwork aims at childhood-memories in abstract shapes and vivid colors, towards a global collaboration of persons unknown to each other. This project is made for all those who identify as one of the others and embrace transitoriness. Persons who like to share their time playfully and don’t mind when the unglued structures slowly ‘dissolve’ (friendly to our environment) back into kids toyboxes."