The finalstep in the journey of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant in the slums of Chicago...
About this creation
Before you continue, I might advise skimming through both the first and second MOCs I did on Upton Sinclair's book "The Jungle", or this won't make much sense.
Continuing the story, our main character Jurgis went from working in the stockyards to despair as he suffered in early 1900s Chicago. He was on the recieving end of human nature's worst, being forced to work in inhumane conditions and witness as his family was descrated and scattered. After living as a hobo for a while, he returned to Chicago where he made some connections.
Upon doing so, Jurgis found himself in the "inner circle" of Chicago. In this place, all the top criminals, top politicians, and top bosses were all the same people. For instance, if the mayor was caught stealing, most likely he knew the judge and the boss he stole from and would easily be off the hook. It was rare for anyone to get caught in their criminal actions in this "top rung" in the social ladder.
This vignette depicts Jurgis at a sleazy bar. Once Jurgis got into the society of criminals, he began to experience the sinfulness of man at its worst. The only thing people cared about was the material - Christianity was made fun of and the only thing the people were concerned with was where they would get their next drink. What resulted was a sinful spiral that led to poverty, lawlessness, licentiousness, and crime.
The book, "The Jungle" ends in a very depressing way - you get this image of the crime of Chicago, but the purported answer is not the right one. The author Sinclair proposed a system of socialism, where everyone is on an even playing field. However, what the author misses is that the answer to the tragedies of society cannot be fixed by man - they are because of man. Thanks to Adam's fall, the world is permated with sinfulness, like the book "The Jungle" depicts, but what "The Jungle" misses is that the only answer is the redemption from sin that Christ Jesus himself brings.
So now to the MOC...
Here is the bar.
A closeupt on the table, the drunken sot in the corner and all the molding, rotten-wood walls.
Note the hanging-wine-glass-rack technique. That might be my favorite part of the MOC.
Here is my favorite part of the vig: the backside. Here we see two men doing a hit job on an unforutnate buisnessman.
This is a better view. The black-haired man is Jurgis; in front of him is a man named Jack Duane, a criminal of Chicago. Although in the book he only knocks out his unfortunate victim (the blondie), I added a gun to this scene so you get a better picture of the scene's violence.
A better view of Jurgis, Jack, and the unfortunate victim.
...and NO, that is not Draco Malfoy. It is a young buisnessman who wandered into the alley and was subsequently mugged for his money.
The top of the MOC.
From left to right:
Jurgis Rudkus - slightly more dressed up now ;) ; Jack Duane - the criminal; and the unnammed buisnessman.
And finally the crew from the bar. From left to right:
Saloon girl (...and they were actually dressed in Kimonos in the book. That is not just something I made up), Drunk Man, Bartender, Surly Card Player, REALLY Drunk Man.
All in all, the book "The Jungle" was a great depiction of the mess we get in when humans try to fix their own sinful desires without God. Only he has the foolproof, holy plan to redeem the world. That man: Christ Jesus.
That I am, sorry for the long wait on a response, I saw a few of your out rounds at Idaho. I was at Nats last year in TP and will probably make it this year too. I will look forward to seeing you in Virginia :D
Wow, Chris! Excellent work here. I think this is my favorite of all your scenes from the jungle. The hanging wine glass technique looks stunning and really adds to the scene. The only thing I think could be improved is the walls. They look almost too shabby, using just that persian sand orange color with the boards on the walls would have kept the shabby/unkept feel but at the same time made it still clean to look at. Besides that this is perfect. Keep it up!
Very good Christopher! You got it up! I do like how you did the wine racks! The people are great! And I like how the whole moc looks, and all! Jurgus is sure leading a weird life! Keep up the good work!