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Lego Greenhouse pops up in Covent Garden

by Rhiannon James

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The “Lego Greenhouse” designed by Sebastian Bergne

A playful twist on the classic greenhouse is on show in Covent Garden this month as part of the London Design Festival 2011.

Designer Sebastian Bergne has created a greenhouse built entirely from Lego, and has even gone as far as using the iconic plastic bricks as a ‘soil’ mulch around the living plants inside.

Bergne was inspired by Covent Garden’s history as a fruit and vegetable market. He says, “I liked the idea of creating something that related to the produce that was sold in the market historically. I also wanted to build something real, as Lego is not normally associated with making functional things. I wanted to ask the question – can Lego be used as a building material for making things that we can use every day?”

Although Bergne’s structure is a temporary art installation, it has many of the features of a normal greenhouse including vents to allow air to circulate.

Other gardening-related events during the festival include an exhibition of artist Rob Kesseler’s botanically-inspired ceramics and free workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum to make clay pots that will be used to create a pop-up garden at the museum.

The “Lego Greenhouse” designed by Sebastian Bergne

The Lego Greenhouse will be in the North East Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2 until 25th September 2011. For more information, please visit www.londondesignfestival.com/lego-covent-garden.

Rob Kesseler’s exhibition, Florid, will be at Roundhouse’s showroom at 11 Wigmore Street, London W1U 1PE until 24th September. See www.roundhousedesign.com/news/ for more details.

Ceramicist Rosa Nguyen’s free workshops at the V&A will be held on 22nd and 23rd September. For more information, visit www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1356/pop-up-plants-clay-flowers-2452/.

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