A learning project for myslelf that later turned into something far more meaningful.
When I decided to start focusing on sculpting more, I put myself through a series of exercises that I thought would help me along that path. One of those exercises was to reverse engineer Nathan Sawaya's football.
This was an 'overnight project' for me, meaning that I started late at night and got on a roll - not stopping until I was done. At the time I had my brown and reddish brown mixed together in the same containers and couldn't differentiate the two between the yellow light and my tired eyes. I've always been happy with how this turned out, but never about the blending of the colors.
Months went by and I was contacted by a friend at the local LEGO Store who needed my help. He told me a story of a young boy who loved football and LEGO but had tragically lost his life. I immediately drove home, took the football from the shelf and back to my friend who gave it to this child's mother. I remained anonymous.
As a father of two children, I connected with her immediately. Though I can't imagine, nor do I want to, the pain she now endures I am glad that I could help her ease that pain. Moreover, I am glad that she never met me, nor knows who I am. A perfect stranger helping another in a time of need.
I am also grateful that I was able to teach my boys a lesson about integrity, charity and giving. Help others simply for the sake of it, not for recognition or gratitude, but for the inner peace of yourself and those in need.
Thank you again for checking out my work. Be safe.
Thanks everyone for the kind words, this was a fun project for me to build. So fun in fact, that I built a NEW football for myself last week. I'm not planning on giving this one away either ...but we'll see. Thanks again guys!
The normal brown gives it an excellent realistic weathered effect in my opinion. But the story wins. Helping to help is almost like that other weird idea I ame up with a while ago: that having fun building is rewarding even if you lose the competition.