At the request of his lovely wife Mitzi, for our friend Dennis Price's 50th birthday, many VirtuaLUG members built vignettes as gifts. Dennis opened them this week and I'm happy to share this build of one of his favorite books - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
This vignette represents Atticus Finch defending Tom Robinson in court and is based on the film adaptation. A fellow educator, Dennis has expressed a particular fondness for this text and I couldn't resist a chance to build Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in ABS.
Happy birthday Dennis!
"I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury
system—that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court
is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as
sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am
confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have
heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of
God, do your duty.”
Atticus’s voice had dropped, and as he turned away from the jury he said
something I did not catch. He said it more to himself than to the court. I punched
Jem. “What’d he say?”
“‘In the name of God, believe him,’ I think that’s what he said.”
Tie in with current events is something we don't see enough of in the hobby. I would call this specimen "Exemplary." Topic, timing, credibility of the book, and of course, quality of the MOC itself. That all adds up to some very high quality public communication. An effective, meaningful, and important USE of art to communicate. Not unique, but I’d say it’s darn rare. Well done!
Quoting Sethmotion Builds
I don't mean to sound rude, but in the book Tom Robinson's arm was crippled from an accident in a cotton gin. I didn't see that on your figure, but otherwise it looked great.
Hey man, thanks for the comment. If you look carefully, you will see the right hand uses a half plate offset with a jumper for the hand while the left uses a 1x2. This was the best way I could show the disfiguration.
Quoting Michael Rutherford
Good books are rare. A good book that survives translation to film is even less commen. Your dipiction of Lees work in MOC form is flawless. Equally interesting is your selection of this particular theme, especially in these days. Why this MOC at this time? What called you to it? Well done!
I think the fact that you're asking about what called me to this build at this particular time indicates that might know exactly what it is that brought me to this subject. However, I'll let the art stand on it's own and let the viewers make their own connections to the themes of that story. OR, it could just be that I know Dennis loves this book :)
Great work, Dave. Not that I would expect anything less from you;) I love how you represented Atticus and Tom. Very accurate. Looks a lot like the movie. I think what my favorite part here is, is the detailing of the table and chairs. Very convincing.
I'm a fan of this book, and your build definitely doesn't disappoint! As I matter of fact, I just did a TKAM MOC earlier this year. Excellent build Dave, I get a kick out of all these figures you've been designing.
Beyond excellent. One of my own favorite books and one of the finest movies ever made (certainly the best musical score ever.) Always the best scene is the upper gallery standing in respect as Atticus passes by. Astounding figures here especially Atticus' posture and arms. Actually looks like Peck. Fantastic job Dave! I just can't believe Dennis is 50. I'll have to go make fun of him. =D