Pataka helps Lego drive

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Pataka has been named the New Zealand col­lec­tion point for an in­ter­na­tional drive to col­lect Lego for Chi­nese artist Ai Wei­wei.

Wei­wei has pre­vi­ously been ar­rested for his work and when Lego re­cently re­fused to sell him blocks for his lat­est project, peo­ple started do­nat­ing them to him.

Pataka di­rec­tor Reuben Friend said the gallery sup­ported the artist’s free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

‘‘We are proud to be in­volved in this in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to en­sure this artist has what he needs to cre­ate his work,’’ Friend said.

‘‘We hope peo­ple in New Zealand get be­hind this project so our coun­try is rep­re­sented in this spe­cial in­ter­na­tional piece of art­work.’’

A car has been placed in Pataka’s atrium as a con­tainer for do­nated Lego blocks. Visi­tors are en­cour­aged to bring in their Lego blocks and drop them into the car through the sun­roof. They can also be posted to PO Box 50218, Porirua City 5240.

‘‘We don’t know what the deal was with the car, but Ai Wei­wei was very par­tic­u­lar the make had to be aBMW5 Se­ries, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to dis­cover what the sig­nif­i­cance is,’’ Friend said.

‘‘Ai Wei­wei’s art al­ways has mean­ing and depth to it. His art re­flects his so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­cerns, in par­tic­u­lar free­dom of speech, and his en­gage­ment with so­cial me­dia.’’

Other art in­sti­tu­tions around the world act­ing as Lego col­lec­tion points in­clude the Royal Acad­emy, Lon­don and the Brook­lyn Mu­seum, New York.

Pataka’s Alice Mas­ters, Jay Hol­lows, Vic­to­ria Clay, Reuben Friend, Jody Banks and Re­becca Ha­zle­man add a bunch of Lego to the car.

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