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Victorian on Mud Heap
5.5' x 6' x 3' 110-130k pieces 3rd in a series of abandoned houses. Using (black, white and grays). Approx 600 hours to make. You can visit my site below for more closeups and "the making of..."
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5.5' x 6' x 3'
110k - 130k pieces
Black, white, dark and bluish gray, clear trans and black trans colors used.
No foreign materials (wood, glue, paint or otherwise) were used – this is pure Lego.
Photo retouching used only for adding contrast and color correction & background.
Approx 600 hours to build
Third in my series of Abandoned Houses
(also, my third moc)


Special Thanks

To my wife, Stephanie, for her support and generous patience

The afol/moc community for design inspiration and techniques to make this possible.

Visit my site for more closeups and The Making of...
To purchase an art print and/or a chunk of the model

Special Thanks:
To my wife, Stephanie, for her support and generous patience
The afol/moc community for design inspiration and techniques to make this possible.

EDIT:
Wow! Much thanks for all your enthusiasm and comments! It is such a lift to hear! Again, I could not have done without support from the community: your inspiring work on this site, flickr, the blogs and tireless work many have done to document their techniques.



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The third installment of this abandoned house series continues its textural exploration of decay with a Victorian home engulfed in mud. The mud travels through the first floor, tears down a front wall and oozes over the porch side, taking with it household contents of convenience. This detail opens the piece up, allowing the eye to travel the surface of the house and then back through the porch, into a room and back out to survey the piles of garbage. The play on depth here is something I enjoy as one has a glimpse of the activity behind this architectural scrim.

The house, itself, was chosen due to the repeating angled roofs that reach up high. This gives the architectural mass a certain rhythm that I found appealing. Also, abstractly, this echos the gothic representation of cathedrals – with their many spires – reaching upward to the heavens. While this is not a religious piece, there is a certain contemplation that I find in it.

On that note, of particular interest to me in this work is the notion of broken trust and faith. Foundations give way. Permanence transmutes into fragility. Our safe havens betray us.

For me, this piece speaks to the inherent unpredictability of those things which we call our foundation. Like a little dollhouse, a seemingly secure home is plucked up and set on a new path. This charming home, lovingly embellished with ornamental fancy was no match for nature. The fancy embellishments serve as a reminder of our earlier focus on the material world, while the aftermath removes us from that focus. The piece offers no answers or necessarily any hope, but rather points to life's fragility.

Strong foundations are the essence of safe havens. These foundations can be physical foundations (an orderly home, for instance), ideological foundations (religion and politics), financial foundations (steady income and solid investments), social foundations (emotional ties to others) and so on. Our well-being is pinned on these safe havens that we hold on to as a place to fall back in times of stress and trouble. Amidst the chaos of environments we cannot control – whether physical, financial, social or mental – the house is one of the ultimate icons representing a safe haven. It is the final retreat and escape of the day where we can let go of the external pressures (or at least some of them) that grip us during the day. Here, in the home, with the world locked behind a door, we control what will be our guest and what will not.

However, this and other safe havens betray. The door can be kicked in at the blink of an eye and our foundation instantly dissolves. Local events of recent – catastrophic earthquakes, tsunami, nuclear radiation leaks, record fires, floods and tornadoes – all presented real devastation to many personal safe havens. Graft and corruption in media, government, financial sectors and businesses betray a sense of social order that provides for us a mental, moral safe haven. Untouchable international crime organizations silently hack large databases of personal information with crushing effect to individuals' financial safe haven. Financial institutions and the people within unapologetically bring the world to its knees through reckless, greedy practices. Religious safe havens (whether "Christian" or otherwise) are assaulted from within as certain fundamentalists carve out their own scriptural interpretations of hate toward others. A democratic superpower representing life, liberty and happiness denies personal rights and institutes a policy of indefinite personal torture and the threat of it. And so it goes. All the planning, effort and unbreakable trust we put in our foundations – whatever form they take – can falter without warning.

Such it is. Life events that kick at our door or we witness through others temporarily blasts the scrim open, revealing – like the hole in this model's wall – the fragility of our own foundations and, perhaps for a moment, a sense of gratitude for those foundations left standing and greater clarity as to which safe havens are truly important to our well-being.

– Mike



Comments

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  October 7, 2013
Best. Lego. Creation. EVER!!!!
  August 30, 2013
not too bad. hats off to the photographer who made it look this decent.
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  August 17, 2013
This is piece of art. Amazing.
  November 25, 2012
Wow. Nice Work!
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  November 10, 2012
The first thing I said when I saw this was, "What?!" How do you even make something this amazing out of legos!
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  August 11, 2012
Marvelous work dude!
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  July 26, 2012
If there isn't a better word than outstanding, i have no word for it. Absolutely amazing!
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  June 10, 2012
freaky awesome!
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  May 13, 2012
Awesome! Black and white really work and I love everything in black and white these days! Outstanding job!!
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  February 3, 2012
Amazing level of reality. That's a 3D! I love your models. Congratulations!
  January 28, 2012
Love your WORK! love it!
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  October 11, 2011
I can see why it took 600 hours. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did watching it for a few minutes. Congratulations on absolutely ruling MOCpages
  October 11, 2011
dude... this is sick! gread job
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  October 11, 2011
Dilapidated houses never looked so good.
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  October 10, 2011
I love these abandoned houses! The list of reasons for why I can't shut my mouth anymore is endless!
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  October 8, 2011
dude, that looks almost exactly like the house from coraline
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  October 8, 2011
It should be sufficient to say that I want to make this my wall-paper. Insane.
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  October 8, 2011
This is unbelievable! No doubt the best creation on MOCpages yet, in my opinion! You sir, are an ARTIST! ~Jelle
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  October 8, 2011
Wow!
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  October 6, 2011
I saw this and said to myself "That's the reference picture, right?"
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  October 6, 2011
It is so great i had to see it again. ;)
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  October 6, 2011
A piece of Art!
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  October 6, 2011
There is just so much to be amazed at! You made lace out of LEGO! Are you serious!?!?!
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  October 6, 2011
How...wha...did...you...you did...wha...how...magic...*Mouth drops open, and stays open for the next twelve hours*.
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  October 6, 2011
omg! why isn't this motd? That is the best lego house i've ever seen!
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  October 5, 2011
Incredible! It looks great!
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  October 5, 2011
dude if you heard a bang it was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor!! that's the coolest lego house ive ever seen!
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  October 5, 2011
You keep improving. That's an incredible scene. And you really give a soul to your house, even left behind... A pleasure to watch.
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  October 5, 2011
A-ma-zing!!!
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  October 5, 2011
what is that a picture? was my first thought I'm compleatly blew away! keep it up
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  October 5, 2011
That thing is EPIC!
mike doyle
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White Knight
  October 4, 2011
incredible.....
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  October 4, 2011
I am at a loss for words..
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  October 4, 2011
Wow, Mike. This is seriously awesome. You said that you spent 600 hours on this MOC? I hadn't spent that amount of time playing Rogue Galaxy on my PS2 and I thought THAT was a large amount of time! Also, for some reason, two things come to my mind when I see your MOC. The first thing is when you see the news and you see all of those mudslides during a heavy rain in places like California and the second thing is the parable in the Bible about the houses, you know, the one about the wise man building his house on the rock and the foolish man building his house on the sand? You've definitely got some MOCOTY material there, too, Mike.
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  October 4, 2011
Uhh... Uhh... Uhhh... Uhhhh... THIS IS AWESOME!!!!
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  October 3, 2011
As promised, print bought.
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  October 2, 2011
Yes!
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  September 30, 2011
This is just brilliant and awesome.
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  September 30, 2011
And for a third time, I cannot express my amazement with mere words. Simply brilliant, your skills are beyond reckoning and all who encounter your work must bow to its stunning majesty. I can do nothing more then name you my favorite builder of all time and hope to one day have a fraction of your skill. I would love to see more photos of this if you have time to take and post them, but otherwise I shall be content with this magnificent offering as presented. Your work leaves this 5-head rating system in the dust, and I wish I could rate this higher. Beyond excellent work, sir. Thank you for posting this, your work is an inspiration to us all.
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  September 30, 2011
Again it's truly UNBELIEVABLE!
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  September 30, 2011
Wow. Thank you. ~ Chris.
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  September 30, 2011
You've done it again!
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  September 30, 2011
Once again, I'm speechless !!! You gonna have the award of the century and you will deserve it !!! This is so beautiful again !!!
mike doyle
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SISE .
  September 29, 2011
No words for this. Only "Wow" remains.
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  September 29, 2011
Amazing, outstanding, godlike, beautiful, superb, fantastic, unreal is all I can say on this!
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  September 29, 2011
Is that lego or a model replica of the actual house? This creation is by far one of the best I have ever seen on Mocpages. :O
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  September 29, 2011
This is amazing! So much detail!
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  September 29, 2011
amazing! great design- maybe some interior pics...
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  September 29, 2011
This is stellar! Brilliant piece usage for the curtains. They're my favorite bit! Keep on brickin'!
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  September 29, 2011
OMG! Looks like it would be real. I'm overwhelmed! I would'nt be able to build anything a quarter as good! (Right verbalized?) Anyway: It's amazing!
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  September 29, 2011
Oh my god! Are you sure you are a human? Cause this can be only done by... Umm... Anything, but a human. Seriously one of the best MOCs ever.
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  September 29, 2011
such a stunning work just deserves one word: a masterpiece, like your previous one!
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  September 29, 2011
Another masterpiece....
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  September 29, 2011
A proof what is possible with bricks. But not many on globe can achive that. A huge dedication is in this MOC. Deserves a bow.
  September 29, 2011
you'v created a build of outstanding quality, far too much detail to even try to comment on, but I have to say the mud heap is fantastic, was this part of the build difficult to do, as I would find chaos hard to capture. once again congratultions an epic build. Allan.
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  September 29, 2011
As always, your work is nothing short of stunning. Ironically, I was just thinking a couple of days ago that we'd not seen anything from you for a while, and I suspected you were in the throws of creating another masterpiece...low and behold. Beautiful texturing throughout, and I'm sure I'll discover more with time...but, the technique for the curtains immediately caught my eye. Once again, an incredible work. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  September 29, 2011
BRILLIANT! Your creations are intens, stunning detail, understandable background philosophy, 100% LEGO, creative, it feels like meditation while discovering the MOC.. It brings up emotions and activates your brain, sets your mind free ;) Simply amazing, thanks for sharing! Kevin
mike doyle
Mark E
  September 28, 2011
No way!!!! Amazing!!!!! Not anything else to say to awesome!
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  September 28, 2011
This took my breath away. Enough said.
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  September 28, 2011
Beautiful work man!
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  September 28, 2011
amazing as always! your work is truely amazing. congrats on another beautiful piece of art!
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  September 28, 2011
I'm speechless....
  September 28, 2011
When I saw this earlier it had 17 'Like its... Now 84. In less than a day. :)
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  September 28, 2011
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  September 28, 2011
ART!
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  September 28, 2011
Love the colors, nice contrast with the mud heap going into the symmetrical house, great build. I`m new to mocpages and am trying to get my stuff around. feel free to check this out http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288097
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  September 28, 2011
this is so creapy cool.
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  September 28, 2011
Scary good.
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  September 28, 2011
I can't believe how you keep topping your previous amazing MOCs, but this one is even more remarkable than the others. Thanks for sharing, now go put band-aids on your fingers!
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  September 28, 2011
When I saw your first house, I was stunned. It was one of the best creations I had seen. Then I saw your second one, and it made the first one look average by comparison. Now you've continued to improve, and I'm led to wonder if you won't eventually get to the point that it's impossible to tell that your creations aren't real houses in the resolutions available on the 'pages. Then you add incredible feeling and depth to the realism, making for contemplative and evocative images. If I am ever asked whether or not LEGO models can be art, this is bulletproof evidence that yes, they can indeed.
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  September 28, 2011
Striking back with a fury. Your style is truly inspiring, and this third Victorian is as incredible as the first two. Well done once again.
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  September 28, 2011
Excellent job!
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  September 28, 2011
Awe man. That looks almost unreal. That's so realistic!
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  September 28, 2011
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (matt 7) Religions fail, God doesn't. You sir, have truly remarkable gifts, thanks for sharing them.
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  September 28, 2011
Amazing! It looks so real!
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  September 28, 2011
Oh, and - abgldsvskvc,svmakjnp;bjonbd/. v[38thg;/vza;j bwobnp 872uqj;mndzbla .
  September 28, 2011
DAAAAAMN!!!!
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  September 28, 2011
One of the best mocs I've ever seen! Truly amazing! Incredibly well built it looks fantastic! Great job! So realistic! --Blast--
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  September 28, 2011
To good to describe.
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  September 28, 2011
Undeniably one of the best houses I've ever seen. I still can't believe this is only your third MOC! Fabulous job!
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  September 28, 2011
This year just got a meaning... Third best MOC of all time in a row. Are you sure Satan doesn't have your soul or anything, because I'm not sure how a person can break the aesthetic scale three times.
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  September 28, 2011
It plays tricks on me eyes! Great job!
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  September 28, 2011
Haha, you are completely insane, all the best people are. Wonderful job, no one can top your builds. :)
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  September 28, 2011
It's amazing how you made a grayscale ... Creation! Looks amazing! 5/5
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  September 28, 2011
Lovely how it is all black, grey, and white. It is very, very detailed! I think it's beautiful and this will certainly have lots more likes tommorow, such a masterpiece can not be simply ignored, amazing!
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  September 28, 2011
The way yoy have created the pile of scracht is amazing. I think that is too much hard to make things like rocks, scracht, land etc than making perfectly ordenanted constructions. +1
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  September 28, 2011
Beautiful.....
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  September 28, 2011
simply stunning,,,great amazing awesome , i have no word for this epic creation,,,,you a master
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  September 28, 2011
This is incredible! Just amazing! So very detailed and very realistic! I like it a lot!
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  September 28, 2011
Once again you have totally amazed me! Love the curtain technique in particular. This truly is a work of art!
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  September 28, 2011
once again: AWESOME!!!
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  September 28, 2011
Wow
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  September 28, 2011
The only sound I heard while viewing this was my jaw dropping on the floor. This is just stunning!
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  September 28, 2011
amazing detait looks almost real! 5/5
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  September 28, 2011
This is incredible! I love the amount of detail you put in it. Great work! :)
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  September 28, 2011
Absolutely amazing build. I have to say I love the curtains - the part usage is brilliant.
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  September 28, 2011
incredible! vast! ... every superlative I know...
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  September 28, 2011
This is out of Lego? Unbelievable. Just so empressive. All those designs, like the curtains. Breathtaking and stunning. Wow.
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  September 28, 2011
Goodness gracious that house is very impressive! Now to send the builders in to renovate it, would love to see it refurbished, should only take 300 hours lol
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  September 28, 2011
I thought the main picture was a photograph at first O_o
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  September 28, 2011
Woah again...
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  September 28, 2011
Are you even human!?!? These creations you do are like Lego in reality (whatever that means)! Stunning work here!
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  September 28, 2011
well as all your houses its undescribeable amasing your work, you build in a whole other level than anyone else ive seen, really amasing job
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  September 28, 2011
I was stunned when I relized this was LEGO. The first picture I saw, I thought it was going to be a reference pic, then when I looked closer I noticed all the pieces and I fell out of my chair. This is simply mind blowing. I have to give you a round of applause because this is stunning work!
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  September 28, 2011
A beautiful build.
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  September 28, 2011
Oh, my. THIS, this is art. Crafted so perfecly in every way possible, I can see you spent hours on every little detail. AND to build it with color restrictions. Stunning. It definitly evokes emotions described by the write up. You are an artist in the highest.
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  September 28, 2011
I'll do the third "WOW"! I'm in awe!
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  September 28, 2011
I cant even handle how awesome this looks. I wasn't sure where you were going to go after the last two but this one blows them away. And knowing that the next one will be better doesn't taint the pure win that this model achieves. I love it!
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  September 28, 2011
Wow...
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  September 28, 2011
Wow. Speechless. Some more pictures would be appreciated!
 
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