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MO Round 6: Heath Flor Vs. George G.
Here is my Round 6 (!) MOC Olympic entry.
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The Category is:
George G VS Heath Flor:
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. Good luck!

You can find my worthy opponent's entry HERE
You can find the Moc Olympics homepage HERE

Most people by now realize (or know for certain) I have an extreme distaste for organized religion. Even so, I always marvel at the multitude of churches built in the name of a culture's favorite deity. In fact, I usually make a strong point of visiting a local church and spend quite a bit of time documenting said visits. Regardless of your religious viewpoints, it's always humbling to see what mankind will do to appease their Gods.

There's been a lot of CFOL activity on MOCpages in the past year or so, and I thought it was high time some of our lesser known CFOL homies got some love. Not Christians....this is for the CATHOLIC Fans of LEGO!

This is the Santuario de las Lajas in Columbia. A few minor miracles have reportedly happened in the canyon since the mid 1700's, which includes an image of the Virgin Mary reported on one of the rocks. Though I couldn't find a picture of said rock (which reportedly still exists), many cathedrals don't allow photographs inside, which could explain why. Due to this and the other small miracles reported back to Rome, this was enough to deem it a minor basilica in 1951, a few short years after the current church was built. The entire project was funded by local churchgoers, as apparently the cocaine trade was starting to kick off pretty good in the 40's.

The church was built in the canyon rock and is attached to the other side with a giant arch bridge which has a massive river running under it, and is surrounded by dense Colombian forest. The category was looking for ancient stuff, but as George already pointed out those places can be quite booooring!!!! And fictional religions sounded as if they'd be frowned upon (there went my FSM Pirate tavern temple and fairy wood)...so, I decided to chose a place where I would likely question my intentions of being there in the first place. Hence a Cathedral hanging off a side of a canyon.



Here is the real deal: Santuario de las Lajas



My opponent is tough. He's a young guy with a seeminly endless amount of time and bricks. Have you see his last entry HERE? In only ten days?! I had to push the envelope. The only way I could do so was with a Gothic Cathedral in ten days. My wife said I was a dumb-ass. Psshhhh....showed her!

I began by sizing up my competition. I did so with the only means I have.....by watching Skins on Netflix. Apparently young cats across the pond drink, do drugs, and party. A LOT! I try to avoid the UK and GB references because I'm bound to screw that up.....let's just say they're all East of me. :P

I couldn't rely on George's partying to increase enough to give me a pass, so I had to get moving. It's a bit difficult to get ten clear days to build with nothing going wrong. In fact, my daughters came down sick again, and this time got me too. Reminiscent to the Final 4 in 2010, I became bed ridden towards the end. Stupid colds! I decided to push through the NyQuil haze and wrap this up. Though I have mastered being a drunken monk, I've been in a bit of a delirium the last couple days. I need more practice drinking that sizzurp.







Marble angels pray for you and your sins as you cross the bridge......dirty sinner!



As someone has already kindly pointed out before I even have the descriptions fully loaded, the vegetation isn't quite as lush as you'd find in Colombia. My apologies....I live in Arizona....what do I know about "lush", besides being one? :P Actually I began to run out of dark bley and plants rather quickly, and I had to do my best with what I got....sometimes that's just how the cookie crumbles, eh?









Here is a view looking up. It's kinda tall.



Looking down on some of the details from the top.





There is a set of stepss which goes up the canyon wall, and along the wall is thousands of odd placards.....which I'm assuming were meant to pay respect to the local donations. I didn't have time to include those bits....but the first flights of steps are there. I believe there's three flights with two landings which serve as lookout points.



Roof detailing.





This is how the Cathedral would be viewed (downward) from the canyon walls as you're on one of the landings when you climb those steps I mentioned.



The front of the Cathedral.













Here is the top of the Cathedral, I know there's a name for it, but it eludes me now.



This is the less famous side of the Cathedral, and I only found two images of it. I believe it's due to limited access.











Interesting enough, the top of the Cathedral is shaped in the form of a cross. I've seen others with similar shapes, but for whatever reason this image of the cross being pushed towards the heavens made me giggle. As if JC would want to be reminded of such things! LOL I kid, I kid.





Here are some unedited pics. I hate those white boards....they never cover enough! LOL







Here are some shots I took when it was starting to get too big, and nearly had a kid (twice) and a dog smash into it on accident. I decided to grab some shots just in case something bad happened at zero hour.







Everyone always asks, so it measures in at 80 studs long, 42 studs wide, and ~86 high.

For the record, I didn't post this to start a debate on religion.....so let's keep the theological debates for the class rooms.

I hope you all enjoyed, and hopefully I can return for the final round. Good luck to George and the remaining two, who are getting ready to slog it out in their own fashion! Cheers!





Comments

 I made it 
  December 12, 2012
Quoting Brendan M. VERY impressive MOC! But I noticed a little pathway down under the cathedral. Do you think you could add some pictures of that?
Thank you for the comment Brendan. I believe it's a service road, but finding pics for it is rather difficult. I will try to add one after the competition. Thank you ALL for the kind comments, I truly appreciate it! Now if you'll excuse me, I have a final entry to build. Go me! :P
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  December 11, 2012
Well done, my friend and very deserving of the finals! It must have cost you a pretty penny bribing your way this far, I hope you left enough funds for the last round! =) Best of luck, brother, I'm definitely rooting for you!!!~H
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  December 10, 2012
VERY impressive MOC! But I noticed a little pathway down under the cathedral. Do you think you could add some pictures of that?
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  December 9, 2012
Heath, this is just IMPOSSIBLE to build that in ten days! Congrats on a deserved win! Looking forward to face such an amazing builder (with great sense of humour)... With work and family obligations I barely have a week left, so go for it! Good luck! Oh, and my girlfriend will be as pleased as your wife that it's coming to an end... --Tom--
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  December 9, 2012
Breath-taking build, Heath. Very accurate to the original. I love the effect of the 1x1 round tiles around the steps. The bridge is brilliant. Great shaping there. Nice parts usage on the dish. Oh, and that's a spire on top of your steeple.
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  December 9, 2012
Holy... This is almost Arthur Gugickian in it's granduer! Thankfully this round's already been decided cuz I love both of these entries, lol :D
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  December 9, 2012
It amazes me to see how much excellent work can be done in such short time by a drunken pirate ;o) ----- Congrats, Heath. All hail to the FSM!
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  December 8, 2012
I'm very impressed with the size and detail of this build. Nice choice of a subject too. Oh, and the top is called a steeple, by the way.
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  December 7, 2012
Win or lose, my friend, this is some of your best work. Love the marble angels, plus the fact that you STUCK IT OUT AND FINISHED rather than wimp out or offer some lame half-excuse, half-insult of a "reason" for not participating. That's right, I said it. If you're going to be in the MOC-Os, be committed. A daring build with interesting details along the upper windows, surely a worthy entry.
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  December 7, 2012
Great part usage and detail work. I love all the architectual work done with unusual parts. Great stuff!
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  December 7, 2012
Very very impressive.
  December 7, 2012
Well done, It kind of falls into the 'typical Ideas', however, considering the landscape the church is in it's rather unique and the church is very detailed. I can imagine it takes quite the effort to build something you already built (Smolny cathedral). You have my vote, good luck
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  December 7, 2012
Congrats mate! The all-Brit final wasn't to be :( Nor was our semi-final re-match from two years ago, such is life and at least I can relax now! It's a great build, detailed and creative and it's further enhanced in my mind knowing what you have had on your plate at home and work and all in only 10 days too. Wish it could have been you and me mate but you now fly the flag for VLUG and drunken pirates everywhere. Good luck.
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  December 6, 2012
spectacular build, you have my vote!
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  December 6, 2012
Killer work here, Heath! This is one of the few builds in the Olympics so far that has been a direct modeling of an existing building. To do what you did so well under such a time constraint is worthy of some prize regardless if you win the games. Working on an architectural scale model myself right now, I have a far greater appreciation for the builders that can meticulously replicate reality in bricks rather than just work from their imagination. Though George may have beat you on the creativity game, my vote goes to you. Good luck with the rest of the judges, and it's good to see those white parts from Smolny coming in handy!
  December 6, 2012
Wowza! Go Heath! If anything's going to put George in the bag, this will be it. Good luck! Oh, and having gained time enough to finally read the write-up, followed by some contemplation, I believe the top of the church is called the spire. :)
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  December 6, 2012
Amen, bro. I see lovely detail all around, love the support arches near the roof and the way the bridge spans the canyon; very cool!But, no gargoyles? Good luck with your judges!
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  December 6, 2012
wow heath! what a piece! it s not your first try, it s clear you had the basics in your pockets, I ve been at this very seriously for 3 years, and, watching this beauty I still feel I m at the begining, your time frame was almost impossible, you re quite a modelist! chapeau! I raise my hat to you!
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  December 6, 2012
Awesome work mate! Wow this is stunning. This screams of effort and a lot of time, all those details are superb. Well done this has got to have taken the title of best build in the comp! ~Thoy
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  December 6, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous - the details are perfect!
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  December 6, 2012
Impressive work! And that's a good point with the cross. Apparently, in the first couple hundred years of Christianity, Christians didn't want to use the cross as a symbol of their faith because it was still a gruesome symbol of torture. Funny how things change like that. Anyway, excellent build, you really nailed the category! My favorite element was the satellite dishes for windows. You've got my vote!
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  December 6, 2012
Quoting George G. Congratulations Heath on building an ENTIRE CATHEDRAL IN THE TINY AMOUNT OF TIME WE HAD. I think we know what the result of this one will be, so I've already started packing my bags. Of course though those bags are just filled with drugs because I'm off to party! ;) Good luck buddy!
LMFAO! Thanks mate.....I'll bring the booze! I wouldn't pack up just yet though....we still have a few more judges to go! ;)
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  December 6, 2012
Thanks for the tip Max. Can't say I realized Catholics and Christians felt like compadres. Besides the obvious ties I mean. ;)
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  December 6, 2012
*jaw drop* Heath, this is quite the build for ten days (I think it even beats Georges last build that you cited). While a more flowing and intricate landscape might have been nice, the window details and the bridge are most impressive. By the way, Catholics are Christians. We all know that the only way to heaven is through Christ. Good luck, you deserve to win!
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  December 6, 2012
It's magnificent!
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  December 6, 2012
Wow. You certainly win on size! ;-) Nice build.
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  December 6, 2012
Um, Wow!
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  December 6, 2012
Your Smolny Cathedral was amazing but I knew you'd spent a long time building it. This may be smaller and a little less complex, but built in 10 days?!?!? That's almost a more impressive feat. This is truly awesome MOCcing, good luck with the judges!
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  December 6, 2012
Wow, that's dedication! A whole cathedral in 10 days! I take my hat off to you! Great job! :-)) Sorry, George, I'm a fan of your creations, but this one is almost impossible to beat...
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  December 6, 2012
10 days?... wait... hold on... 10 days? Holy Mary mother... Yeap, you got my vote! ~ Chris. (10 days?)
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  December 6, 2012
I want a photo of your bruised and bleeding hands - you must have been pressing studs non-stop to get this completed in the time. Not only is it huge but it is beautiful. All the work in white is perfect, and the radar dish is genius. Amazing stuff.
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  December 6, 2012
Congratulations Heath on building an ENTIRE CATHEDRAL IN THE TINY AMOUNT OF TIME WE HAD. I think we know what the result of this one will be, so I've already started packing my bags. Of course though those bags are just filled with drugs because I'm off to party! ;) Good luck buddy!
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  December 6, 2012
Wow, very cool! I love all the details!
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  December 6, 2012
Wow, that is beautiful.
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  December 6, 2012
Glorious work bro, glorious. It's classic you would get such a category, perfect.
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  December 6, 2012
*Gasp* Quite exquisite.
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  December 6, 2012
FTW!
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  December 5, 2012
holy crap dude!
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  December 5, 2012
Wow Heath, just WOW. This is a beauty. Such delicate details and perfect representation of the real thing. Gorgeous and awe inspiring.
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  December 5, 2012
Wow, Heath! Dude, you've got the whole architectural building thing down pat. Great work!
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  December 5, 2012
Ah, you have no idea how refreshing it is to see a simple, straight forward build/presentation after all the stories and "one-shot scenes" and twists these Olympics have seen. Best of luck getting by mate! :)
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  December 5, 2012
Exquisite! Very Best of Luck! :)
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  December 5, 2012
Going to be quite the toughie to judge. Both you and your opponent had awesome ideas, and you've crammed so much realistic details into here, it's stunning. Definitely worthy of the finals, in my opinion. Good luck!
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  December 5, 2012
Quoting Mike Johnson How in the world did you get this monster of a cathedral built in ten days? You could give me six months and I'd still be trying to put this thing together. All I can say is "Holy S#!t man"! If I were a judge I'd say you're going to the finals for sure. Now whether that's what you (or more importantly you wife) wants to hear is another matter!
LMAO you ain't kidding....I asked my wife today, and she said (edited version) "Just get it over with already!" :P
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  December 5, 2012
Quoting Stuart Kahler "seeminly endless amount of time and bricks" You're the one who built Smolny Cathedral, right?
LOL touche.....but I had a year and a budget for that! :P
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  December 5, 2012
How in the world did you get this monster of a cathedral built in ten days? You could give me six months and I'd still be trying to put this thing together. All I can say is "Holy S#!t man"! If I were a judge I'd say you're going to the finals for sure. Now whether that's what you (or more importantly you wife) wants to hear is another matter!
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  December 5, 2012
"seeminly endless amount of time and bricks" You're the one who built Smolny Cathedral, right?
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  December 5, 2012
amazing work on every detail... wow !
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  December 5, 2012
You have parts in white that I didn't even know existed. I guess we have your cathedral to thank for that. Great work as usual, my man. You are always a force to be reckoned with and show it again. I totally feel you with the lack of dark bley. Where do some people get their ridiculous amounts? Good luck against the youngster.
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  December 5, 2012
Phenomenal detailing, awesome work! You definitely have a knack for this type of build.
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  December 5, 2012
Whoa! The detailing is excellent, love those satellite dishes in windows. Impressive build, Chief, and good luck!
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  December 5, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Er, Heath, you've linked to your previous opponent's R5 creation by mistake. It would be a pity to see this DQ'd on a technicality!
Caught it...thanks! I actually copy and paste from previous rounds and then drop in my current opponent's page....it keeps me from messing it up! LOL
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  December 5, 2012
Er, Heath, you've linked to your previous opponent's R5 creation by mistake. It would be a pity to see this DQ'd on a technicality!
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  December 5, 2012
The actual church is just amazing, and the details are incredible, but the landscaping around it is rather poor and blocky... Best of luck!
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  December 5, 2012
I share both your distaste for religion and an appreciation of beautiful buildings, of which this is one. It's stunning. Good luck!
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  December 5, 2012
Great rendition of the church Heath! I love the detail! Good luck!
 
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