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Myth of Silenus
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King Midas when he finally captured the satyr Silenus asked him the meaning of life, and Silenus replied; “Oh, wretched ephemeral race … why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach: not to be born, not to be, to be nothing. But the second best for you is—to die soon.”



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  August 8, 2013
Excellent rendering and nice story.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi Really a very very good creation... I love this your flat technique... You could do V for Vendetta... (Guy Fawkes). Great work my friend :)
Guy Fawkes seems like a cool topic.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting David Roberts Just saw Riccardo's comment: I agree that a Guy Fawkes in your style would be great
Nice idea, I'll tuck it in the databank.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Excellent. What really stuck out was how well you centered the picture; the result is a very clear circle created via those 1x1 plates with knobs on the sides..... Only thing that might make it better, I think, is to highlight just one detail in that beautiful dark red; it would help in drawing in the eye to one, important detail. Though still, a 5/5.
I did toy with the splash of colour, but decided on monochrome in the end. I was thinking of a gold laurel for Midas if you were interested.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 this is what I like best of your 'shadow sculptures', the depth, and historicals, is nt satyres those who where knowned to have their way with lost women in woods? lol, where can a real man find some grapes around here? lol, as for the meaning of life...it s to get closest to the creator as possible, 10 commandments, to be happy, and in synch with the universe, well, that s my theory....well done David!
Dionysian logic my friend, be in sync with the world, cease to be, be nothing.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) For me the most meaningful part of this is the myth. Throughout history there have been those few individuals who have attained 'enlightenment' housed in the material form. Most living creatures have to slug through life and hopefully become one with the transformation of their body matter into the totality of energy some view as a god. And then this may need to occur in more than one dimensional universe. Your moc compliments this idea for me. And as Clayton says, continuation of a species is important. But I would like to think that as a species is continued with each new generation, there is an small evolution to that more 'enlightened' energy/soul/whatever state, otherwise life is of no value! :)
The Myth of Silenus is introduced by Nietzsche early in The Birth of Tragedy to reveal Dionysian logic. I've been reading Simon Critchley's book Very Little, Almost Nothing (he taught me about 12 years ago), and he raises Nietzsche's case study of Silenus in his introductory ramble on the history of nihilism. I'm reading the book mainly for its study of Beckett, but Silenus popped up and I though what a great subject for a MOC... and here he is.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti You know what I love most about your work? They make me think just like I were looking at a painting by one of the masters. I think old Silenus was messing with the kings head. The true meaning of life is to perpetuate the species! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Perhaps; although procreation only self-validates itself in the framework of necessary return within the context of human finitude. I'm not really with the selfish gene theory as a metaphysics.
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting David Roberts Fascinating. Each build is thought provoking, interesting and sourced from an eclectic assortment of ideas (including big CS trucks!).
More big trucks, and a big space mining base planned soon;)
 I made it 
  July 28, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee You truly have a definitive style going here. Even though the shapes are simplified and the figures are caricatures, it shows a deep refinement of subject and deconstruction. It's not so much simple as it is elemental. As you showed with your "woodcuts", this too is a reinvigorated Art form. It is familiar, nostalgic, approachable, challenging and provocative. If there are any questions as to the capability of Lego being ART, you have answered it. Do NOT stop. Beautiful!
I have this thing, partly derived from the size of my collection, that Lego works best when through its scale reveals itself as Lego. You see this in the limited angles available in the slopes; working in 2D I'm looking to exaggerate these angles, or at least get people to look at them in a new light.
 I like it 
  July 28, 2013
Just saw Riccardo's comment: I agree that a Guy Fawkes in your style would be great
 I like it 
  July 28, 2013
Really a very very good creation... I love this your flat technique... You could do V for Vendetta... (Guy Fawkes). Great work my friend :)
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
Excellent. What really stuck out was how well you centered the picture; the result is a very clear circle created via those 1x1 plates with knobs on the sides..... Only thing that might make it better, I think, is to highlight just one detail in that beautiful dark red; it would help in drawing in the eye to one, important detail. Though still, a 5/5.
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
this is what I like best of your 'shadow sculptures', the depth, and historicals, is nt satyres those who where knowned to have their way with lost women in woods? lol, where can a real man find some grapes around here? lol, as for the meaning of life...it s to get closest to the creator as possible, 10 commandments, to be happy, and in synch with the universe, well, that s my theory....well done David!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
For me the most meaningful part of this is the myth. Throughout history there have been those few individuals who have attained 'enlightenment' housed in the material form. Most living creatures have to slug through life and hopefully become one with the transformation of their body matter into the totality of energy some view as a god. And then this may need to occur in more than one dimensional universe. Your moc compliments this idea for me. And as Clayton says, continuation of a species is important. But I would like to think that as a species is continued with each new generation, there is an small evolution to that more 'enlightened' energy/soul/whatever state, otherwise life is of no value! :)
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
Such an awesome scene! Nice work!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
Love how it is built entirely in black. Excellent work!
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
You know what I love most about your work? They make me think just like I were looking at a painting by one of the masters. I think old Silenus was messing with the kings head. The true meaning of life is to perpetuate the species! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
Fascinating. Each build is thought provoking, interesting and sourced from an eclectic assortment of ideas (including big CS trucks!).
 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
You truly have a definitive style going here. Even though the shapes are simplified and the figures are caricatures, it shows a deep refinement of subject and deconstruction. It's not so much simple as it is elemental. As you showed with your "woodcuts", this too is a reinvigorated Art form. It is familiar, nostalgic, approachable, challenging and provocative. If there are any questions as to the capability of Lego being ART, you have answered it. Do NOT stop. Beautiful!
 
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