What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?



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Jan Vormann

I never expected to apply the term beautiful to something involving LEGOs, but here we are. This is the project called Dispatchwork, a series of cheerful, colorful LEGO “repairs” by Berliner Jan Vormann. From a short distance, they look like colored sprinkles, and up close, they look like art. Vormann travels the world, patching crumbling masonry, sidewalks, and even streets with the familiar blocks, creating sweet little surprises in otherwise depressing places. Though I haven’t seen most of these particular shapes and colors before, he insists they are in fact LEGO brand. The blocks have come a long way since I was a kid!

There’s a wonderful interactive world map with little LEGO pins in each of his locations, and you can zoom in and out and see photos of the patches. Since the listed locations range from the very specific (“92 Khak St, Sulaymaniyah, Amnasuraka, Irak”) to the very vague (“Somewhere in Auckland”), I’d love to pick a city with multiple sites and do a treasure hunt to find the installations. Vormann also encourages people to make LEGO Dispatchwork repairs of their own.

You follow the artist on his website, and you can check out Dispatchwork on the project website and on Instagram.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “(Dis)Patchwork

  1. They will probably last forever.

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  2. Ella loves Legos! She can create ANYTHING with them. And yes – they sure have come a long way! She made a dragon with wings that can move… and teeth that can bite. 😉

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  3. Love it! My kids spent many hours with Legos.

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  4. I was a massive Lego nut as a kid and two of my kids are Lego nerds so I love this whole concept. I will need to have a squizz at the website as we are travelling so I can seek out Lego patchwork. I have made a note of the one in Philly so we can check it out next time we are in that area of the city. There are quite a few in NYC too.

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