Friday, June 26, 2015

Ulm Minster

Ulm Minster is a Lutheran (formerly Catholic) church in Ulm Germany that is the tallest church in the world. Construction began in 1377 but was only finished in 1890, 125 years ago. As part of the anniversary celebration, two Legoland model designers, Vera Feldmann and Anastasia Trautwein, built a 2.3 meter tall LEGO rendition. It was originally displayed at Legoland Germany, but is now installed in the church itself for the rest of 2015. I don't see in the various articles what will happen to the model after that - presumably it will either return to Legoland to become part of the permanent display at some point.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Church: Thermometer or Thermostat

Someone (who?) brought this MOC to the recent BrickWorld gathering, illustrating this passage from Martin Luther King Jr's Letters from a Birmingham Jail:
There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed in. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators”. But they went on with the conviction that they were a “colony of heaven,” and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” They brought to an end such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Things are different now. The contemporary church is often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.



Monday, June 8, 2015

Ark of the Covenant

Simon Pickard made this miniland-scale version of the Ark of the Covenant. In Exodus 25, God orders Moses to build the Ark, a gold-covered box, which eventually carried the tablets of the ten commandments, the original version of the Torah, Aaron's rod, and a jar of manna. The Ark became a center of Jewish religious life, as it was said to be the focus of God's presence among them, holding a spot in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and eventually the Temple.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Communion

For the fifth Sunday of Easter, here is Bourea's LEGO Easter, where we see a priest celebrating the sacrament of communion.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Szent István-Bazilika

Legorevival made this rendition of Szent István-Bazilika (Saint Stephen's Basilica) from Budapest. This Roman Catholic basilica is the third largest church in Hungary, completed in 1905. It is named for Stephen, the first king of Hungary.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Brick Book of Mormon

Brendan Powell Smith of Brick Testament fame has announced a new project, the Brick Book of Mormon. You can read more here, but it looks like he is just in the planning stages at this point. No estimated time when this will result in fully illustrated stories. I'm looking forward to seeing his take.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Tzedakah

I've previously noted JBrick, started by Yitzy Kasowitz to create and sell Jewish-themed LEGO sets. Here we see two different sizes of tzedakah boxes. Tzedakah means charity, but the word comes from the same root as righteousness, justice, or fairness (see here), so giving is not just seen as generosity, but also fulfilling justice (see, for instance, Deuteronomy 10:18, "He [the Lord your God] executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Giving is grouped with prayer and repentence in the liturgy of the High Holy Days. Many Jewish homes have a Tzedakah box to collect coins which will later be given to the needy. These boxes have the word Tzedakah in Hebrew, either in sticker form on the smaller boxes, or built into the LEGO bricks in the larger version.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Waiting on the Women

Let's mark the fourth Sunday of Easter with Mrs. Dagsbricks' Waiting on the Women - Jesus' tomb sits open and empty on Easter morning, with the Angel just bursting to proclaim the good news.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Omer counter

Beginning on the second day of Passover (evening of April 4 this year) Jews begin the Counting of the Omer. This is a countdown of the 49 days until Shavuot (or Pentecost, which celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, evening of May 25 this year). The count is mandated in Leviticus 23, and a blessing is said each day. The period has also become a time of remembrance of 24000 Torah students killed either in a plague or by the Romans in the years 132-136. The 33rd day of the count is known as Lag BaOmer, which might mark the end of the plague, or else commemorate the life of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the publishing of one of the key works of kabbalah, a day marked with bonfires. Anyway, always looking for a way to mix traditions with play, Joanna Brichetto of Bible Belt Balabusta has come up with a LEGO Omer Counter. Each day you open a door to reveal an object as you count down. The day of Lag BaOmer includes a small flame. Note the Passover Seder at the bottom and the tablets of the Law at the top to mark the start and the end of the count. Remember, Hebrew is read from right to left, so you start at the Seder in the bottom right and count your way to Sinai at the top left.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Buddhist temple

I've been waiting to post this as it was built, and I think it's now finished. Timofey_tkachev has built this really amazing Buddhist temple. I do not know if this is patterned on a specific existing temple or simply built in the style of a Buddhist temple.


He also included some interior details.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cross

Easter is over, but that just means that I've found more Easter MOCs posted over the last few days. Legomee posted Crucifixion.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter

Christ the Lord is risen today - Hallelujah! Scene by Pink Stormtrooper.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Passover

Passover began at sundown last night. Families around the world gathered for the Seder, the traditional meal filled with ritual. One of the staples of the gathering is the seder plate, here in LEGO by JBrick, which holds six symbolic foods that point back to the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and also the Temple. I described the details previously.



Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. Crucifixion by Pink Stormtrooper.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper. On the night that he was arrested, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him." John 13:3-5 Brendan Powell Smith illustrated this scene.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Cleansing of the Temple

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Mark 11:15-17
Turning of the Tables by John Denno.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday

When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:7-10
Kids at Legozilla's church collaborated on this Palm Sunday mosaic to start off Holy Week (presumably Legozilla designed the mosaic and organized the event).


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Purim

I missed Purim a couple of weeks ago. Purim is the celebration of the events described in the book of Esther, where the Jews living in Persia were saved from a genocidal plot by Esther and Mordecai. In modern celebration this is a very festive holiday, sometimes involving parties, costumes, lots of noise, and reenactments of the story of Esther (i.e. a Purim spiel). Here Joanna Brichetto and her son came up with a LEGO Purim spiel. That's Haman in the back wearing the pirate hat. :)


Monday, March 16, 2015

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm (here in LEGO by Toltomeja) is a Buddhist temple in Cambodia located just west of Angkor Wat and a little south of Angkor Thom. This was built in the late 12th century as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, and it its day the complex was home to over 12,500 people. After it was abandoned four centuries ago when the Khmer Empire collapsed, the temple was slowly taken over by the jungle.