Firstly, I'm gutted that I didn't have the bricks to do this in bright blue or red. That's what happens when you buy too much Star Wars Lego I suppose.
About this creation
CAN LEGO 'BE ART'
In general: no, it can't because it's a medium like clay or paint and while a sculpture made from Lego might be considered art, Lego itself cannot be...
However, while in the case of most mediums, it is at best, difficult for the medium to become the subject, perhaps the nature of Lego allows this very transition to be possible.
So while making wood out of wood or paint out of paint seems, well, pointless, making Lego out of Lego?
What's this got to do with being art? When lego as medium used to create 'things' then it has a purpose and is merely a functional resource, but when you just use it to make Lego it becomes self serving. The Lego in this MOC currently exists only to make Lego; it has no purpose other than it's own existence...
... And that, is first step into the realm of 'art'.
Excellent build. And it does raise some very philisophical questions, indeed, and here is my contribution. This MOC has attached some very human attributes to LEGO. What you have achieved here is LEGO as a reresentation of LEGO, and although our first natural inclination is to see this as some self-serving motivation on the part of a building block, do we not do this every day ourselves? Take a job interview, or a date, (which is much the same as a job interview when you break it down to its most base elements). We use ourselves to represent ourselves in those situations, as well. We want the person sitting at the other end of the desk or restaurant table to come to know us in our most positive light, so we "build" ourselves out of ourselves, focusing on what we consider our most redeeming features. Could there not be a much larger, (albeit imaginary), version of ourselves, sitting right next to us during these particular explorations into the human condition? Most often, these interactions with our fellow man are colored with desperation, as we attempt with every bit of conviction to make this other person approve of who we are; for without approval, it can only end in failure. I see this MOC and I see a profound work of art; a brick of LEGO magnifying its most appealing features, in a desperate attempt at acceptance. "I am LEGO," it says, "Love me."
Quoting David Alexander Smith
This MOC is Lego opening up the discussion regarding its own identity, allowing people like you and I to have conversations like this here, and by proxy is doing something more than Lego being Lego.
First of all, very nicely done. As you've opened the philosophical door, I can't help but respond. I don't think the Lego elements in your model have no other purpose than being Lego. Things are more infesting than that. The thing that sets Lego aside from paint or wood is the discrete status of its elements within a system, which only make sense in their combinational creative potential. What happens in your MOC is that through the use of scale and the need to enact the combinational creative process to achieve this, you create a paradigm where the nature of Lego's creative potential from discrete elements is expressed, without creating anything other than a symbol of itself. This MOC is Lego opening up the discussion regarding its own identity, allowing people like you and I to have conversations like this here, and by proxy is doing something more than Lego being Lego.