Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shrine of Nasir ibn Brick

Muslims would see the treatment of saints in some Christian traditions, particularly Roman Catholicism, as bordering on idolatry, but they do revere teachers and other holy men as wali or 'friends of Allah', or hadrat or 'Great Presence'. Particularly among Sufis, but also among Sunnis and Shiites, the tombs of these men can be shrines and become the centers of pilgrimages and festivals. It should be also noted that there are branches within Islam that are opposed to the creation of shrines. Tanager presents the Shrine of Nasir ibn Brick, a fictional structure based on different aspects of Islamic architecture and typical shrines.



BTW, I'm very open to correction on any of my explanations of the religious aspects behind the LEGO creations I highlight. When I'm getting away from my own religious background I'm relying on things half-remembered from a college class years ago, aspects filtered through the US media, and my searches online.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sahasrabhujasahasranetra

In some forms of Buddhism, AvalokiteĊ›vara is revered as the embodiment of the compassion of the Buddhas. He (or she) is seen in various forms, including Sahasrabhujasahasranetra, with 1000 arms to better reach out to and aid the suffering of multitudes. Joshua777 made both a larger and a minifig scale version:


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Brother Maynard!

Bring forth the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! (by Profound Whatever)



I was trying to come up with some serious-sounding discussion to go with this, like putting something about the significance of relics, or of the Grail legend, or of religious orders in the middle ages. Really, though, I'm just a Monty Python fan and couldn't pass this up.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mont St Michel

One of the most recognizable religious structures in France (probably second only to Notre Dame) is the abbey and cathedral atop Mont St Michel. This is on a small tidal island off the coast of Normandy. Arthur Gugick present this beautiful microscale recreation. Microscale is building at a scale smaller than LEGO minifigures. You can see more about this scale at MicroBricks.



By the way, Arthur wrote that this is one of seven world landmarks that he previously thought would be impossible to faithfully present in LEGO. I'd love to know the other six, and hope he tries his hand at those as well.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nnenn

From all corners, members of the community have been remembering Nate Nielsen, known as nnenn, who was recently killed in a car accident. To understand many of these, you need to know that nnenn used a rubber band holder as his online avatar. Here is one example from Tony Sava.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Gardener

John 20:15-16
"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

Jojo presents "Hey, who are you?"

"I’m just the gardener."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter

Several Easter-themed LEGO creations appeared in the past few days:

Birds-eye kill presented Forgive them Father for they know not what they do and ...And on the third day He shall rise again.



Hurricane made Jesus on the cross


Vermund Hagen prsents the crucifixion, the resurrection, and a SW spin on the last supper.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holy Cow!

Here at GodBricks we are very happy to welcome the newest LEGO community site - Classic-Cattle, devoted to LEGO cow creations. Here, for instance, we see the Golden Calf built by Aaron at the foot of Mount Sinai, from Brendan's Brick Testament.