LEGO has worked with award-winning British-Nigerian artist and designer, Yinka Ilori on a brilliant new installation called Launderette of Dreams. The free art space is a celebration of how children use play to rebuild the world around them.
Ilori first began his practice back in 2011, where his vibrant furniture took shape through the traditions of his West African roots. For Launderette of Dreams, the artist was inspired by the children from St Jude & St Paul’s C of E Primary School, in which he attended in his formative years.
Oftentimes, he would go to the laundromat afterward, where he recalls in an interview, served as a space where he’d dream about the things he wanted to achieve. “We often forget about the mundane spaces which play an important role in bringing the community and people from different cultures and backgrounds together, as well as providing an opportunity for kids to meet, play and share ideas,” said Ilori.
The resulting installation is a kaleidoscope of color, featuring over 200,000 LEGO bricks, vending machines that serve LEGO’s instead of soap, laundry drums, and hopscotch flooring, to a colorful wall mural that can be built, unbuilt, and rebuilt by visitors. Located in Shoreditch, the Launderette of Dreams is open to the public until November 6.
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Launderette of Dreams
33 – 135 Bethnal Green Rd,
London, E2 7DG
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