Surreal life-size Lego forest springs up overnight in Australian outback

The outback mining village of Broken Hill in Australia is quite a surreal place already, and it probably won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone visiting that it was used as one of the filming locations for apocalyptic action movie Mad Max 2.

But this past weekend, instead of a leather-clad Mel Gibson, a considerably more quirky addition arrived in the town, when a garden made of Lego unexpectedly sprung up almost overnight.

Fifteen of Lego’s famous pine trees now dot the landscape, and are surrounded by small Lego flowers, but this isn’t a miniature garden, it’s life-size, as the plastic fauna has been recreated to a scale of 1:1.

This makes everything 66 times bigger than their tiny counterparts, meaning the trees reach a height of 4 meters/14 feet, and instead of looking entirely out of place, their striking primary colors contrast perfectly with the angry red desert.

Lego Forest Australia Flowers

This isn’t some bizarre one-off art installation either, as the garden is a part of Lego’s 50th anniversary celebrations currently going on Down Under. We recently looked at another part of the “Festival of Play” called Build with Chrome, the virtual Lego set that lives inside Google’s Chrome web browser, and you can read all about it here.

While the Lego garden seems to suits the Outback perfectly, we can’t help but wish the house in the photos had been constructed from bricks too. Then, the only thing missing from the picture would be a Lego ride-on lawnmower, which when driven over the flowers spawned hundreds of little Lego studs and hopefully, a MiniKit too. It is possible, however, we’ve been playing a few too many Lego video games.

Lego’s plastic “forest” has previously sprouted in Sydney, and will remain in Broken Hill for another 10 days. The company has other, currently secret, events planned for the remainder of 2012.

Lego Forest Australia Sunset

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