This week, Chinese artist and outspoken activist Ai Weiwei revealed that he had been denied a bulk order of Lego bricks by the company due to the political nature of his artwork. Of course, the artist found this revelation ridiculous enough to share to the world via Twitter… and the internet responded. It didn’t take long for people to offer up their own old and new Lego bricks to Weiwei – who was planning on creating new works with the plastic toy bricks for his upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria – and now there are official collection points where you can #putoutyourbricks.
Overnight, the NGV was announced as the first collection point for any Lego donations. You can drop off your bricks at the NGV Garden, from 10am to 5pm daily. And, if the artist’s Instagram account is anything to go by, you might need to look out for an old BMW. This has become an international crusade, with other collection points being set up overseas, including Berlin and Brooklyn.