"Place of Worship: Choose a place where people conduct religious ceremonies. Now, we’re not looking for typical ideas here, think ancient druids, Mayans, Ancient Greece/Roman, Buddhist temples, Angkor Wat and things like that. Choose any kind of religion you want from any time period, it’s up to you! If you’d like to build a modern Christian church then by all means do it, just make sure that if you pick something “normal” that the build is good enough to beat your opponent."
For this round, my immediate thought was Stonehenge, the famous prehistoric monument located not too far away from myself. But a bunch of rocks, as fascinating as they are, are not that interesting. Which is when I recalled the mystery of the site: how humans managed to lift stones of that weight with their technology, why it was constructed, and possibly what constructed it!
This idea then reminded me of my Round 5 entry from last year (Aliens having some fun at a historical site) and my current art coursework project. Unfortunately, due to this coursework and some other assessments this week my time for building has my limited, but I've tried to power on!
Now on to the religious side of the idea - There are theories floating around that aliens who landed on Earth influenced religion and "that deities from most, if not all, religions are actually extraterrestrials" (thanks Ancient Astronauts page on Wikipedia!").
So here's my model of Stonehenge, constructed by aliens to signal up to the skies the landing site for their spacecraft. Beneath the monument is a circular temple for the druids of Earth to worship theses extraterrestrials in secret and make sacrifices to their Gods (look out for a famliar face being sacrificed :P).
A wild horse looks on in bewilderment at the large fissure forming in his favourite grazing site.
"Neigh neigh! Neigh neigh neigh neigh neigh?"
*Good grief! What's going on here then?*
The aliens are departing on their UFO, which hides itself in the centre of the site.
An unlucky wild cow is in for an unfortunate ride...
Oh hello Heath!
For the central pillar I was going for a TARDIS control console style contraption.
My 18 Urak-Hais with human heads take the form of the druids.
The MOC as a whole.
This might just be one of the few MOCs to have its picture taken on an off-cut of bathroom lino, as I didn't have anything else big enough and it had gone pitch black outside for I could take pictures.
The piece of lino was a tricky customer as it decided it would fall over before the shoot and launch the entire MOC off my desk and onto the floor! Here is what I salvaged...
I was not happy as I then had spend an ever-such of a long time rebuilding it.
Good luck Heath, as well as Stu and Tom in the other pairing. Go Team GB!
George, I still need an address for your prize. If you can get me a mailing address please. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and I'll get you your prize out ASAP... as soon as the finals are over of course... Thanks ~ Chris.
Hey George! I completely forgot to comment on this fun, inventive and clean build! Who could guess Heath would come up with a WHOLE cathedral?? Like Xenomurphy I'm anglophilic, so it's a shame to see you go... As for Stuart, but I can get over it ;) Enjoy your prize, and BTW, is there gonna be a matchup between you and Stu for the third place? See you! --Tom--
Anglophilic as I am, it saddens me to see that team GB is not in the finals, especially not after such creative entries. I once had the pleasure to visit Stonehenge myself and its mysteries always fascinated me (just like your creation). The see-through construction in which you presented your MOC really does it for me.
Well George, it was a fantastic battle! Your skills are unparalleled and (though you may not know this) had me on the run the minute I knew you were my competitor! To be honest I felt like a caged animal in a corner fighting for his life! That's not a bad thing, as it pushes our limits. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to go up against you. It's been a true honor! Now pass me that bag of drugs young man....I'm gonna need 'em for this next round! ;)
Well done, you didn't make it easy for yourself. It's very chaotic I think... but also very creative, your opponent beat you with a technically better built but I like your Idea better. I would have been cool if you could have made the UFO fit perfectly in the center of the construction, that way when you put it in you would only see stonehenge.
Your opponent has my vote, good luck
Unlucky George, it seems we couldn't quite push for the line and force that all-British Final. Still, two Brits in the last four is something to be proud of, and so is your build. I love the creativity, imagination and humour shown here - I like that you tried to do something outside the straightforward interpretation of the category (as did I) and it's unfortunate that you ran up against a very good depiction of the category (as did I!) on the day. Seems like we both also grabbed the alien conquest mothership and thought "that's a good idea!". Well done to you, be very proud of what you achieved and created in the contest.
Never trust linoleum. I think I would have had some sort of meltdown if what happened to your MOC happened to one of mine right before a contest deadline. Very impressive work on this entry, all the same. As I commented on Stu's build, it's uncommon to see two MOCs out of four have circular constructions. It goes to show we've narrowed the games down to the very best and you all are doing your best to prove it. Though I think it's safe to say you beat Heath on the creativity game, his meticulous recreation of such a complex building in such a short time earned him my vote. You both put up a great fight, and you both deserve a hearty round of applause for making your way to the semifinals. Great work!
Fascinating, multi-level MOC... I like the idea of trying to explain Stonehenge. This is a bit like your matchup with Thoy last year, Heath has come up with something beautiful but conventional and you've pulled something really imaginative out of the bag. It's up to the other judges now so good luck and go team GB!
LMAO did the druids find anything special about me?! Other than the fact my blood alcohol level is inhumanly high?! LOL Excellent build George! Sorry to hear about your troubles there in the home stretch. These contests seem to bring them out quite a bit, eh? You did a fantastic job of making a pile of stones (I felt the same way when I read the category!), into a very interesting and unique build! Good luck with the judges mate!