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#architecture#bricks#Jan van Schaik#Lego#sculpture

In ‘Lost Tablets,’ Jan van Schaik Constructs Deteriorating Architectural Sculptures with LEGO

January 5, 2023

Grace Ebert

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Henry Edye. All images © Jan van Schaik, shared with permission”

“The first one I made, I made by accident, like a three-dimensional doodle,” says Melbourne-based architect and artist Jan van Schaik about the sculpture that founded his Lost Tabletsseries. Now encompassing 89 works, the ongoing project continues to reflect this intuitive, imaginative impulse as it scales principles of monumental design into dozens of models that stand about ten inches tall.

Built with secondhand LEGO, each monochromatic construction encapsulates questions of legacy and decay. Remnants like writing, dirt, and divots imprinted in the plastic bricks from rough play are visible in van Schaik’s sculptures, which recreate aspects of “the city caves of Matera, the churches of Borromini, the arches of the Doge’s palace in Venice, the buttresses of Gothic cathedrals, and the blue ceilings of the Shah Mosque of Isfahan” as deteriorating structures. Varied in style and aesthetic, the walls contain gaping, window-like arcs, exposed mechanical gadgets, and uneven bricks that appear on the verge of collapse. Each is named after a ghost ship, or a vessel found at sea with no crew members on board, imbuing the pieces with a sense of mystery about their origins and existence.

A third-generation architect, van Schaik has long been interested in “the ways

This year, van Schaik plans to complete the Lost Tablets series, which will total 100 constructions, and publish another book to explore the latter half of the collection. You can see the pieces on view at two spaces in the state of Victoria, Boom Gallery in Newtown and NAP in Mildura, this spring and at The Other Art Fair in Melbourne in March. Until then, find more on the Lost Tablets site and Instagram. (via Yatzer)

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Jian Seng”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Alouete I” (installation view)

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Blenheim”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Amelia”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Demeter”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Runner”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Vrouw Maria”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Ismailia”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Epervier”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Jenny”

An abstract, architectural tablet-like sculpture made from LEGO.

“Baychimo”

#architecture#bricks#Jan van Schaik#Lego#sculpture

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