Pataka helps Lego drive
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.