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LEGO sculpture livable streets reclaiming space from cars

Better late than never, America is slowly beginning to understand that auto-centric design for our neighborhoods and towns is a bad idea. If you have to drive five miles at seventy miles per hour through a densely developed area to the first traffic light before you can buy a gallon of milk, something's wrong with this country.

This sculpture was inspired when Times Square was closed to motor vehicles last week. (Or as I prefer to say, "finally opened".) Here in New York City, planners have realized the easiest way to get space back for people is to simply paint the street tan, set up some chairs, and suddenly it's a plaza. It's a quick-and-dirty fix, but it works.

For the first time in my life, I sat in Times Square and enjoyed myself. I was proud to be a New Yorker, and proud to live in a city that is starting to understand that human interaction is more important than cars-per-minute and travel lanes.

LEGO sculpture livable streets reclaiming space from cars


This sculpture was on display at an art exhibition in New York City, June 2009.



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Sean Kenney
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Veeble Fetzer
  September 30, 2009
i don't understand these "PARK"ing day events. Some people just need to get to work on time. A space is hard enough to find in New York City. Okay, most New Yorkers take the subway, but most parts of New York don't contain New Yorkers. They're filled with tourists who can't speak American languages and there fore can't read a Spanish/English Subway Maps and therefore prefer to take a yellow cab.
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  June 5, 2009
Very thought-provoking and peaceful.
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  June 4, 2009
Lime green rules!
Sean Kenney
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Brian Dusinberre
  June 3, 2009
I agree. Whenever I go to New York (I only live a half hour away) we always spend at least an hour in traffic. I think it's great what they did. Great sculpture!
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  June 3, 2009
That is amazingly good, Mr Kenney!
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  June 3, 2009
AMEN! =) Though, I'd rather not even go to New York. It's too big! Give me my small town in Washington State any day of the week, where people know each other merely by living in the same town and shopping at the same store (which happens to be the only one for several miles). Give me a town that stinkin' goes to sleep at night! Fantastic ideology and creative MOC.
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  June 3, 2009
Welcome to the Scandinavian culture home! Good day
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  June 3, 2009
the tilt you've given to the arms is very nice, it makes a plastic blocky figure some sort of a natural feel. almost as if it were alive. i really like it. the base it simple but that only gives more focus to the green guy. great job.
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  June 3, 2009
nice, both your moc and the idea behind! ;) nevertheless I prefer to sit under a tree in a nice park rather than in the middle of a street :D
  June 3, 2009
Awesome. Simply awesome. The angle of the head and the way the arms are posed suggest that "ah, elbow room" moment many city dwellers cherish after battling through crowds. Perhaps, living in a rural area as I do, I'm over thinking that last bit, but I really do get the statement this sculpture makes.
 
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