Ok, a break for post apoc for a bit of sculpture. In this one I tried to depict my grandfather passing away. He was very sick and it was one of those "only a matter of time" situations. They had him in a bed in a quiet room, just him and us, the family. No drips, no medicine, no computers. I remember feeling very angry at the time that he, a WW2 veteran, was just being cast adrift by the hospital. But in reality, he'd passed the threshold of care of modern medicine and was now in the hands of the universe. I actually held his hand as he died. It wasn't glorius like a Holywood movie; there were no profound last words. His breathing just got slower and slower until it stopped altogether and I had such a strong sense of him sliding away. Into what I don't know. The afterlife? Nothingness? Anyway this Lego sculpture is an attempt to express that feeling. Not sure if I really did it justice-I think it could be done better. And please if you don't like don't be afraid to tell me; I'm not looking for sympathy, your criticisms are always welcome people!
Here's a track I think kinda suits the mood. A bit of old school Aussie rock from The Church
The "Death/Chaos" aparatus. Everything in the universe eventually gets broken down into it's parts: people, nations, stars.
At first I was just going to have the "death" on the left side but I though it might look better surrounding the figures.
Much like the person a few comments below me I could not stop thinking of the Katamari Damaci opening music! Well anyway, this is very nice. I can't put it any other way. In the life and latelife we all are connected in an amazing and beautiful way.
Wow. You make a sweet creation and other poeple - woops! Here goes my literary genius:Halo, Star Wars, Apoc., 4-widers, Minigaragists!, well aimed: Be ashamed! Warthogs, Dropships, Zombies, Exhausts, V8s! creations vile: Yours outstrips them by a mile. Gack! *Cough! Cough!* Whew... Nice moc, Ocean. I feel sorry for you. We had three dogs, Klopot(German Shepherd), Witoosh(Mutt), and Deezio(Dachshund) - (we still have the two latter ones - thank godness, they're still young) Klopot died 2 years ago, and I was really sad. But my brother comforted me a year later. It must be ten times worse...
Wow, sorry I missed this. It must have been even more sad being there while it happened. It kinda makes you think...Everybody will have to let go some time in the future. Will people even miss us? It makes me wonder what kind of impact I'm making. Y'know?
Okay, so without being sent this time, I really like this, Ocean! I understand what you are talking about with this. Though, to emphasize the point, I think it would be a good idea to make the wall behind him minifig torsos. You are saying people get broken down into parts to be reused, why not reuse them? Anyways, great job, man. And sorry for your loss.
How to say in english my feelings about this story and your sculpture... perhaps breathtaking, it makes me think, it looks like the "slide" feeling that you tell. So amazing, colourful and full of imagination, so cold the room, so cold the bed, in contrast with 'the thing'. I love this.
I had a very similar experience when my mother passed away 8 years ago: Slipping away into something that we cannot comprehend, and your sculpture captures the feel wonderfully, if not sadly.
Words fail my friend. And, to answer your question, you brought it across perfectly. I know you "knew" it was time, but something like this is never easy. I won't cheapen this with words. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ~ Chris.
Very nice, colourful, but although I like it as a model, I do not like sadness I feel when I look at it, as my Grandmother died August the ninth. She always loved Lego, and the last model she saw was my new MTT at Christmas...
I like it
Heather LEGO Girl
September 8, 2008
Shanno- Congrats on being blogged on the Brother's Brick. This is great. I love how you've done the hospital bed with such great detail. I'm hoping my afterlife is surrounded by LEGO's too. :)
some of us see relatives as annoying people who like to pinch our cheeks and criticize us,but when you think about it,we're definetly better off with them,and its sad to see you lost one.great moc though.
Anonymous: that is the builder of this MOC sitting down, and he has very short hair. Shan: the random objects pulling him away from reality are very good, and that hospital bed is fantastic. Very sad, yet meaningful MOC. Not just to you, but to the rest of us who have lost a loved one.
I really like Lewa's comment about saving the fives for stuff like this. Absolutely beautiful work. True art, unlike the majority of creations. I also lost my two remaining grandparents recently (two weeks apart, opposite sides of the family) and so have entered the middle layer of the generational sandwich, between my parents and my son. Grieving the loss of the aged is a strange process of sadness and relief. I believe you captured it perfectly.
the song does fit very well ,the moc is very clever ,i never thought of doing a moc like this (i'm stuck to bionicle at the moment),The letting go bit is very touching and very realistic (realistic when compared to the reality i see...that's how i sometimes think it is).Must have been difficult to make the moc because of memories rushing back .Well .you should be admired for doing so well mocing a difficult subject .
I should really stop rating everything 5 and save the fives for stuff like this
I hate hospitals .just thought i'd share that bit
I had the exact same experience with my Grandmother's death (the one in our family that bought me Legos, by the way). Anyway, it's a great build, Shannon. I like the indescriminant parts referencing the universe that he's pulled into. To me it's saying we're a small part of the whole. I don't have any hard and fast notions of death or life after, but do like the idea of being a part of the greater universe, and returning to it when conciousness ends.
That's as good as any expression of the end and what's beyond. We'd all want something to collect us and bring us into the big collection. Unlike my Luthern friends, I don't figure there's much out there but a big switch. Click. Lights out. No grampa. No me. A lot of people don't spend time with the dying. I missed being with my girlfriend when she passed away. I don't know if it would have made dealing with the experience any better. Art is a good way to express you feelings. thanks for the look. garth
Hmm, you know this creation has so much meaning, but you planned that ;) One thing I noticed was that the minifig that represented you had a 'young' face, this must have happened a while ago...Many family members of mine have passed away, as well, the worst part about that is I have no way of knowing where they are...I really like the hospital bed and all the colors and pieces used...Well done, one last notice the little guy who represents you, has no hair...Were you bald as a kid?
The "stuff" all around looks interesting (much more so than if it was a glob on the side), but if you hadn't explained what it was supposed to represent, I totally wouldn't have gotten it. But I never get abstract art.