LEGO bricks or limestone: which is more durable?

LEGO brick replacements

Old skyscrapers falling apart because of their limestone exterior. Over time the limestone becomes weak and crumbles. Restoration projects take quite some time to replace the damaged limestone.

The Crains Communication building in Chicago is going through an extensive limestone removal process. The past couple months I’ve been watching the process outside my work window at the Tribune Tower. The scaffolding moves up and down the facade of the building installing a brighter limestone.

This whiter limestone looks like LEGO bricks being inserted next to the darker older limestone. This begs a fun question…

What if they installed actual LEGO bricks into the gaps? Does the plastic of LEGO have a longer life than the porous nature of limestone? Public artists across the world have been using LEGO bricks to fill in gaps in architecture.

collection of photos of LEGO brick public art

Imagine an ENTIRE BUILDING with colorful LEGO bricks along the edges.

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Sarah Renee
9 years ago

It would add a fun, modern pop of color to Michigan Ave. 😉

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