I finally have gotten around to posting this MOC based on the creatively told book by Yann Martel. This was built for Brickworld 2013.
About this creation
Here is Pi Patel, stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific. The faceless figure was inspired by the illustrations from the book's most recent edition in which Pi's facial features never come into view.
Richard Parker, a bengal tiger, was exported from Pi's Father's former zoo. After a shipwreck, the two end up as survival "companions."
This display features LED lights studded to the bottom of the build. Not only do these illuminate the build in the dark, but also enhance the trans-blue in full light.
The lights were mainly inspired by the moon-jellys (bioluminescent jellyfish) in the film adaptation of Life of Pi, even though the imagery inspired by Martel's writing far exceeds the movie's manifestation of them.
In the story, Pi claims to be a Hindu, Christian, and Muslim simultaneously. This mirrors our cultures belief that an individual can choose his or her own story, and Martel argues through his book (in more ways than the religious analogy) that a story with God/a higher power, makes life more interesting and purposeful. But the inclination of our culture is to then say that just because you choose to believe it, it becomes true for you is a misunderstanding of what truth is. There is but one set of truths, and we learn in Geometry that logically, there either is a God or there isn't. The contradiction of a truth cannot be true.
As a Christian, my faith is my life, and I choose to believe that Christ is my savior and sovereign Lord not because it makes life 'fun', but because it is true. All else is naught. I don't have enough faith to believe any alternatives, because Christianity is the most logical option of any worldview. Pi, by accepting Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, exposes an inadequate understanding of what Christianity is. Christ alone is sufficient and the exclusive way to salvation.
Nice build, I really loved the movie for its artistic-ness and this captures that feel nicely. Also thanks for the theological reminder, it's important that Christians remember that what beliefs you choose really do matter.
Soli Deo Gloria indeed! I absolutely agree with you. The reason Christians are Christians is certainly not "...because it makes life fun..." rather it makes our lives all the more harder because of our knowledge of sin in the world and the day to day struggle with those sinful temptations. Anyway, love the build and the LED lighting! Cheers~