Ben Merrill vs Luc Johannesen - Elementum. These days there are boat-loads of LEGO colors, but a decade ago the pallet was rather sparse. Create an entry using only the fundamental colors red, yellow, blue, black, and white. It can be any creation/genre you wish but it must ONLY contain those colors.
After seeing how broad this category could be, I knew that a normal MOC, simply colored, would not catch the judge's eye. So, I went for a more artistic approach (not one of my strengths) and went for a MOC that uses the colors as what makes the creation, instead of, say, a red & black spaceship.
So here we go right into the MOC. In the first photo, you see The Color Man, who brought fun and joy into our darkened world. He wields the Staff of Color (go figure), which grants him the power to bring light to the darkest of places.
Anyways, the photo above shows the bottom of the cloud the Color Man is riding, with rays of the four colors streaming down.
Here you see the second level of the MOC, with the color streams twisting and splashing over the edge of the platform. Also, here's the first Man of Color, one of the converted Darkens. You'll see what I mean.
Here is the first of the Halfways, those who are in between the Dark and Light. This one happens to have two colors spilling over it.
And please note, it's not a girl. It simply has red flowing over her head. Get it?
Here we see the second Man of Color and the second Halfway, helping each other reach the Light. The White has flowed completely over the second Man of Color, and is starting to flow onto the second Halfway. Teamwork!
The third Halfway. This one has chosen The Blue. Crazy thing just stuck his face into the stream, couldn't wait :P
And now, the horribly lit, slightly dusty, Dark. It's a place of nasty things just bubbling and being evil and slimy. Next couple of pictures, i'd like to call your attention to the contorted black bodies in there.
Favorite part of my creation - the Darken dragging his only half-formed, dripping body up towards The Light. Nasty 3:
And a closing photo of the entire MOC from above (sorry for the washed out cloud, trust me it looks like a cloud :P).
Overall height - 21 inches, nearly 67 studs :O
Hope you enjoyed, thanks Judges for your time, and the best of luck to everyone still in the running, especially my opponent Mr. Merrill!
Certainly the most expressive and evocative piece in the round! Love the primordial soup of the base, really shows an authentic struggle to emerge from the darkness. I have to admit that I never once read into anything derogatory about the Art, and don't feel that it is remotely fair to you for it to be implied IMO. Don't be discouraged by the outcome, this is a spectacular piece and Ben's was too. Way to put up a good fight and I look forward to more of your visions. Spectacular job!
Take my comment in the same vein as Xeno's. I really didn't think you meant that by your build at all, more that it could be misread all too easily. With your added contextualisation it makes things much clearer. I look forward to checking out what you build next.
Oh goodness, that's not at all what I meant. It's simple - this is a MOC about light and color being brought upon a dark world. I also clarified that these things were not human. It's been the subject of probably hundreds of LEGO creations so far, but I apologize to anyone who felt offended by my entry.
I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt regarding the black mini-figs, but as Xeno notes, there is an easily available and uncomfortable inference in there - I'm sure you didn't mean that at all. The build itself is fun and well executed, unfortunately the idea of the paint shop presented by your opponent won my vote.
It was incredibly difficult to judge this match. I really enjoy your symbolic take on the category, but ultimately I slightly prefer the overall aesthetic of your opponents entry - he gets my vote. Best of luck with the last judge.
Luc, I don't know you or your creations and I hope you don't want to suggest that 'Men of Color', in this case, black, are nasty and evil. Since nobody mentioned it so far in the comments, I try to believe that I'm just overly politically correct and you had no ulterior motives. And though I'd have preferred to see minifigs that are white as paper getting some color, you get my vote for the interesting take on the category and the implementation.