Our category: The Gates - Take your Lego out into the world and create a piece of environmental art in the spirit of the Bulgarian artist Christo. Your creation must exist (at least temporarily) and be photographed in the natural world.
My dilemna: What to build? What to build? I contemplated covering every imaginable object (my wife objected vociferously to covering her), rejected a large-scale gates project, and finally settled on miniland scale. I'm glad I did.
Rose Garden Park, in the San Francisco Bay Area, was temporarily transformed into a piece of modern art. The gates are on the main curving path and the five branching paths.
39 miniland-scale figures wander the length of the park, admiring the view.
Eight gates line the branching paths.
In 2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude placed orange gates throughout New York Central Park. I imagined this to be a West Coast version of the same project. More colorful, certainly.
It took around 10 hours to create the variety of miniland figures. I wanted to re-create the festive air I observed in "The Gates", a documentary I found on Netflix.
The gates and the figures weighed about 13 pounds total. There was originally significance in the numbers for each color: I tried to use multiples of four. However, as I panicked about the number of gates needed for such a large space, I allowed myself to create 6 dark gray and 2 yellow gates, destroying my secret meaning.
Thanks goes to my daughter, who helped me reorganize the gates for the second photo shoot.
Thanks to my wife, who has endured hours of Lego projects and discussions this week. She's truly the Jean-Claude to my Christo.
Hello, I know you had been planning on participating in the MOCAthalon, and with Blake Baer judging I'm not sure if you have a team. If you don't, I'd be glad to have you in "The Expendables". I'll send you an invite to the group, hopefully you can join!
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD
Are you trying to say something about peoples dietary habits with the bellies you put on your characters? LOL It certainly adds some realism!
Ha! I noticed that the characters were coming out rather portly. 1x3 characters seemed too skinny, so I used that size for the old jogging man and some teenagers. Most adults and children were built with 2x3s, and yes, they come out rather chubby. Am I trying to make a statement? I don't know. What would Christo do?
Awesome build, they look so neat in the 'real world'. Are you trying to say something about peoples dietary habits with the bellies you put on your characters? LOL It certainly adds some realism! Sorry to see you won't be moving on but it's been a pleasure viewing your fantastic entries. Good luck with your next adventure in life, home ownership! =) ~H
It is a very clever idea, and well executed. Even if you did let your Lego touch dirt - arrgghh! In addition, your daughter is beautiful, and must take after your wife; but, i have to say, my vote goes to you competitor. Time to go spend more time with the family. Lee.
Quoting Stuart Delahay
Great take on a category that I wouln't have known where to start with Wes. The stars are the miniland figs, such a great variety and lovely details.
Caught you! I saw your first comment, before you edited it. Nice save. Oh, and this comment cracked me up. Yeah, I had no idea where to start. But after days of thinking, this seemed to be the most expansive and funnest way to "transform" a landscape.
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Putting LEGO on sand must be nerve-wracking! I can't stand it when my LEGO gets dirty, hehe. Wonderful creation! The miniland figs add sense to the scale.
Dirt - yes. I still have to decide what to do with a large box of dirty gates and 'figs.
Scale - That was my impression as well. It didn't seem "real" until I added the people.
Fun fact I didn't mention - My daughters loved running through the scene, yelling to each other about what they saw the figures doing.
Both creations are wonderful. You really embraced the spirit of Christo. While you are both winners in my book, my vote goes to you because of the picture of the gates from above. Thank you SO much for making my favorite MOCOlympics category as awesome as I hoped.
Wes, as I told your opponent just now, I love your miniland figs. The gates really wouldn't have been enough, but still, my vote goes to the fisherman. Building a winding object at home (that has to fit around a real object in the city) with nothing but some photos and measurements really amazed me.
Both of you had really interesting takes on the category! My vote's gonna go with you on this one. The "build" itself wasn't that "over the top" but adding the miniland figs was what did it for me. I would have LOVED to have seen you setting it up. Good luck with the other judges! ~Chris.
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^=
It would be fun sitting back on a park bench for an hour or two and anonymously watching people's reaction to the installation...
Leda, that was totally my first thought. I actually was hoping people would come by and help set up, or at least wander around and look at the figures. One lady came by with her dog and asked if I was playing :), but other than that, it was a quiet Sunday morning. I only had the project up for about 30 minutes.
This is awesome. How long did you leave this up for? It would be fun sitting back on a park bench for an hour or two and anonymously watching people's reaction to the installation... however, it would be hard to keep little fingers from picking up and pocketing the figures. Great idea and good luck!
Great effect! It's a shame that some of the gates are slightly askew in yr photos, but it must have been a nightmare placing them and keeping tabs on them all. :P Yr miniland figures are great and add a wonderful festive air to the proceedings. Nicely played and best of luck! :)
Simple design on the gates. A bit more creative with the figures. The perfect light for photographing. It really captures the Christo and Jeane Claude elegance of enhancing the natural beauty of the subject. Good job.
That my friend is just fantastic! Lots of luck, although I don't think you'll need it. Great photography, MOC(s) and concept! If I was a judge I think I'd have to give this round to you. Here's hoping the judges see it my way and yours. Cheers!