Jan 13, 2016 8:55AM

Lego Changes Its Stance On Hella Orders After Ai Weiwei Controversy

That's the wei!
In October last year, Lego wouldn't let Ai Weiwei order hella bricks for his exhibition with Andy Warhol at Australia's National Gallery of Victoria. The reason was because "they cannot approve the use of Legos for political works." Rude, and weird.
When Ai Weiwei shared their decision, the legends of the internet started spreading the details to donate Lego to the artist. NGV ended up chucking a car in their garden, and good humans filled it with little bricks.
Now, some three months later, Lego have done a backy. ABC reports that a spokesperson said that they will now fulfil all orders, regardless of the buyers intentions. BUT, the buyer must clearly state that the company does not endorse the work. Ai Weiwei is clearly stoked.
"We make Lego bricks and Lego bricks are all about freedom of expression because anybody can take Lego bricks and build whatever they can imagine," the spokesperson Mr Trangbaek said.
"This is really at the core of who we are as a company, so we don't want that confusion."
Good call, but too bad Ai Weiwei's show is already up and running (if you haven't been, get in there. It closes April 24, 2016).
Photo: @aiww

Hayley Morgan