Lego Greenhouse pops up in Covent Garden
by Rhiannon James
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 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/.