In October, a New York-based concert lighting designer switched to a new medium — plastic Legos — to create a scene inspired by Occupy Wall Street protests in New York’s Zuccotti Park.
Friday is the the two-month anniversary of Chris Grosek’s “Occupy Lego Land,” and since then, his Lego protesters have occupied Manhattan, protested a “Nancy Pelosi Press Conference”, and been evicted from the fictional “Legotti Park” after they raised an unstable shelter.
Sound familiar? The piece was created a day after 31 Occupy DC protesters were detained for building a wooden structure in McPherson Square.
Since the protests began nearly three months ago — that’s 30 years in Internet Standard Time — Web denizens have used memes to provide cultural commentary and to question authority. Grosek’s project does both while paying tribute to the community growing from the movement.
Grosek, a 31-year-old New Yorker, says he didn’t do it to find Internet stardom; it was a project originally intended for friends. He notes that riffing off a movement like Occupy Wall Street lends itself to high exposure.
“Everyone thinks they’re an artist,” Grosek said. “Everyone thinks they’re a photographer. Everyone uses [The Internet] as a medium.”
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