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German Artist Uses Legos to Repair Buildings and Walls

To date, he has visited nearly 40 cities in Europe, Central America, Asia and the United States

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    Plastic toy blocks on a painted wall in Valparaiso, Chile.

    An artist is repairing buildings and structures around the world, but he's using colorful Legos instead of traditional bricks and mortar.

    Jan Vormann, a 33-year-old sculptor from Berlin, has invested about six years traveling the planet to fix crumbling walls and buildings with multi-colored plastic toy blocks, NBC News reported.

    To date, he has visited nearly 40 cities in Europe, Central America, Asia and the United States. He can use up to 20 pounds of plastic toy bricks in a project.

    Many of the locations that he has visited have a historical background or a political meaning. "One idea is to juxtapose the dark history of the architecture with colorful modern elements," Vormann told NBC News.

    In some places, officials have interpreted Vormann's "patchwork" as a plea for permanent repairs, according to Vormann.