Towers Lego Coupland

Exploring the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art

This weekend we did something we don’t normally do and visited an art gallery. “Why?”, you might ask. Well there was some stuff there made from Lego! Anyone who knows Stewart will know how much he loves Lego so it wasn’t hard to convince him to take a look.

Lego houses Coupland
345 Modern House is named after the first and last Lego set bought by the artist as a child, and is comprised of 100 identical houses.

The art gallery in question was the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, a small gallery on Queen Street West in one of my favourite Toronto neighbourhoods. The exhibition we went to see was Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.

Coupland “explores issues which affect us all: the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power of language and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life”.

Coupland MOCCA Toronto
Clockwise from top: taking a closer look at Towers; a collection of Canadian items from down the years; the 100 identical Lego houses of 345 Modern House

I’m not going to pretend to know anything about art, but if you’re interested then you can read more about this exhibition here. We spent most of our time geekily pointing out the fake bits of Lego in the Towers display, which was made from crowd-sourced Lego bricks.

Towers Lego Coupland
Towers represents an “imaginative urban jungle”. Coupland modified and combined the towers built by invited adults and children, who were asked to build in response to various themes and words.

If you have a spare half an hour or so and are in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, I would definitely recommend popping into MOCCA and taking a look around, especially as admission is free (donations are accepted). The Coupland exhibit is on until April 19th so there’s still some time to catch it or alternatively you can see it at the Royal Ontario Museum until April 26th.

Coupland MOCCA
A not-so-innocent hotel ice machine (top right) and a toppled CN Tower (bottom right)

On the way back, we took a quick detour to visit the HBO pop up shop, which was just a little further down Queen Street West, to sit on the Iron Throne!

Game of Thrones Iron Throne



3 thoughts on “Exploring the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art

  1. Looks like an awesome trip! (I say this even though I’m still mad at you two for posting your Maple Syrup outing before I had mine written up! LOL. Just kidding….you did a great job with that post too!)


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