Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dome of the Rock in Microscale

Name of Model: A temple based on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
Created by: Arthur Gugick (the builder also discussed this work on LUGNET (a site for adult LEGO® fans))
Found at: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=301206
This gorgeous shrine is a spectacular representation of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock in microscale (click on the link there to read about the original on Wikipedia). If you're like me (and most other Americans), Islamic architecture probably goes right over your head, but I'm sure you can still appreciate the details in the model here. That dome on the top is not just sculpted - the bottom halves of dozens - hundreds maybe - of minifig switches are used to make it look even rounder. There are a few weird geometry things in here too - the bottom looks like it was done with hinges, the top just connects bricks at odd angles (and uses some mosaic techniques to get the look just right anyway). The lower walls use clip-plates, cockpit-hinge tops, and turntable bases to get other details. The color scheme isn't entirely true to the original (which was built over 1300 years ago and probably has had its colors fade a bit over the centuries), but this still looks amazing.

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