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The Great Buddha of Kamakura
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鎌倉大仏

Extract from Wikipedia
"The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitābha Buddha located at the Kōtoku-in Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The bronze statue probably dates from 1252, in the Kamakura period, according to temple records. The statue is approximately 13.35 meters tall and weighs approximately 93 tons. The statue is hollow, and visitors can view the interior. Since the last hall was washed away in 1498, the Great Buddha has stood in the open air."








The strange things on its back are meant to be windows. Not really fancy, but my statue isn't hollow unfortunately :D






A picture of the real thing, taken by my girlfriend, when we visited it in September 2009.


I had this prototype in black lying around for quite some time, but just today I received the last pieces in sand-green (what a rare colour!) and decided to finish it at once.

This is my first ever attempt at a sculptural MOC, and it really wasn't easy. I'm quite pleased with the result though. I hope you like it as well!
It isn't really minifig-scale, it probably would be twice as tall in minifig-scale, and that would be impossible for me to do (did I mention sand-green is a rare colour?). I plan to build the surroundings one day, but not really soon...

[This has no religious meaning to me. I just enjoy the statue as such. I am fascinated by Japan and this is one of its most famous landmarks.]

Feel free to comment ;)



Comments

 I like it 
  January 14, 2011
Sie sind sehr gut in bildhauerei.
 I like it 
  January 8, 2011
First of all, great statue.. I am a bit of a freak for Japan as well.. Great work around here, I also liked fast lane to heaven, great space ships and a flipped up cow :D Really enjoyable..
 I made it 
  June 14, 2010
Quoting Artifex Creation GATE GATE PARA GATE PARASAM GATE BODHI SVAHA...
OK, I have no idea what this is, but after a quick wikipedia research I guess this is from the Heart Sutra. Unfortunately this sutra doesn't play a role in the Jodo shu "sect", to whom this temple and buddha is dedicated. There are many different buddhist "sects" or teachings in Japan. Though, once again, I'm not interested in buddhism or religions at all.
  June 14, 2010
GATE GATE PARA GATE PARASAM GATE BODHI SVAHA...
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
I knew exactly what it was the moment I saw the first picture. Very commendable, on both your ability to built wonderfully and find those sand green pieces. -Drew
 I made it 
  June 13, 2010
Thanks everyone!
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
WOW! I can tell that this took some considerable time and effort to build. Lego sculpture is a difficult thing, but you accomplished it masterfully!
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
Nice work, it must have been difficult getting that much sand green.
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
Wunderschön!!! Vor allem toll in Szene gesetzt, tolles Bild!. Und Glückwünsch für den Eintrag auf TBB.
  June 13, 2010
So much sand-green! Beautiful MOC, a great little sculpture. :)
 I made it 
  June 13, 2010
Quoting Lee Hardwick You LIAR,LIAR,LIAR, just kidding, you told me you didn't know where to start on a sculptor using basic bricks and you go about it the hard way using SNOT building and pull off an awesome model of the statue. Great build now you can do an easy one with basic bricks. Oh one more thing if you google image "lego sphere" it should give you some ideas. :)
Haha! :D But it's true! I'm quite used to snot building and such, and working at this scale. I really have no idea how to build with basic bricks. I once tried an igloo with only studs up, and failed. And unfortunately I don't really have that many basic bricks to start trying. Also, working on a larger scale can be quite difficult. I've always built in minifig-scale or smaller, so building a sculpture out of basic bricks IS difficult for me. This sculpture for example uses only 2 2x4 and 4 2x2 bricks ;) Thanks for your comment :)
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
You LIAR,LIAR,LIAR, just kidding, you told me you didn't know where to start on a sculptor using basic bricks and you go about it the hard way using SNOT building and pull off an awesome model of the statue. Great build now you can do an easy one with basic bricks. Oh one more thing if you google image "lego sphere" it should give you some ideas. :)
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
Fun idea. Nice adaptation. I like that sand green color. see ya. garth
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
Immediately recognizable! Great form, great detail. Good day
 I made it 
  June 13, 2010
Thanks guys! I'm glad you like it too.
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
wow amazing
 I like it 
  June 13, 2010
Great job on the form...and God, look at all that sand green - gotta love THAT!
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
Wonderful work!
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
Congrats on getting TBBed!
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
Top of the line work! - Hector
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
Great MOC and great picture.
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
Top effort, I have never tried anything like that so I don't really know how to comment, but I can see alot of work there. Top effort...
 I made it 
  June 12, 2010
Quoting Marin Stipkovic A piece of beauty!
Thank you! ^^
 I like it 
  June 12, 2010
A piece of beauty!
 
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