5' x 3' x 2'
50k - 60k pieces
Black, white, dark and bluish gray, clear trans and black trans colors used.
No foreign materials (wood, glue, paint or otherwise) were used – this is pure Lego.
Photo retouching used only for adding contrast and color correction & background.
Approx 450 hours to build
Second in my series of Abandoned Houses
(also, my second moc)
To purchase a print and a piece of the dismantled model:
To my wife, Stephanie, for her support and patience
David for feedback through the process
The afol/moc community for design inspiration and techniques to make this possible.
Abandoned houses offer unique opportunities from a visual point of view. The deterioration transforms materials. Texture on top of texture. New patterns overtaking old ones. Nature repossessing. This textural aspect to deterioration and the patterns that it creates can be rich and fascinating to look at.
I also find that the experience of seeing a deteriorated house (or any familiar object) interesting. When looking at the image we see a dual image of the house – one as it is, and one as it was. You see a huge hole in the side of the house not just as a hole, but also as an interruption of the known. And so the mind seeks to recreate the known. We fill in the holes. We project. Our eyes follow the angle of the broken awning to a point, now destroyed, and we can feel the mass that was of the front 3rd floor. The same with the porch covering. This visual duality – the mind flipping between destruction and pre-destruction – is magic. It's entertaining and engaging.
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Thanks everyone for the incredible comments!!! It really has blown me away and given me a lift making the effort all worth it. Again, I could not have done without support from the community: your inspiring work on this site, flickr, the blogs and documentation that many have done on their techniques.
This is a fantastic masterpiece. The details are marvellous. The tree is really awesome. If you would see this picture in a non-LEGO context, you would never think it is all out of bricks.
The only thing is: How can you disassemble such a beauty?
What?! Wait..I thought..but what... how? for real??
Your work humbles me and everything I THOUGHT I had seen in the Lego world of building. Your work embodies both vision and brilliance to no compare- period.
Quoting Michael Labelle
Quelle merveille. Passion for the brick elevated to new heights. Where - When can we see this exhibited?
Much thanks for the nice comment!
I'm afraid the bricks are much too costly for me to keep, as well the space in my house to valuable to hold. So, I have broken down the moc and reuse the pieces for the next project. The moc lives in the main image which I sell limited edition prints of. http://bumbleandbramble.blogspot.com/
Quoting Falcon Soarer
Wonderful! How did you do the roof? As in the tiles? Please reply, thanks!
As I remember I used 2 different techniques. For the tower, I needed a thin roof so I could get the steep angles of the different roof sides to come somewhat close together – fewer gaps where they meet. In that case, it is merely 2x2 tiles (sometimes half pushed) on plates with the center section using scuba diver flippers. For those, I needed to reverse the plates underneath to face down so I could attach the flippers. The cylinder edges hide any gaps between the plates/tiles not meeting from side to side.
For the main roof(s), I built the roof plates up in a stairstep fashion to give the 2x2 plates more depth.
Hope that helps.
I'm deeply impresed ! The topic of abandoned houses is really original, working with so much black pieces mus hase given you chronic headaches and the result is just outstanding. Congratulation for such a masterpiece.
Mike, this is absolutely stunning! Had I known I was in the presence of an artist as yourself I'd have had you pull up a chair, poured a cup of coffee, and spent more time chatting with you! This is truly fabulous work and I can't wait to see what you cook up next.
Your two MOCs are the equivalent of Mozart composing his Symphonies 40 and 41 as his very first work of music!
An astounding creation. The various details including the appearance of peeling paint on the tower, etc. are very impressive. Where do you get your inspiration... you do not happen to live in or around Detroit do you??
In case you need more subjects for houses: check out some shots of Detroit's Brush Park: http://www.flickr.com/photos/decojim/sets/72157594184088087/
Terrific work, Mike - awesomely atmospheric, delightfully detailed :-) It's great to see what a graphic designer/illustrator's sensibility can bring to LEGO creations. You've raised the bar for the rest of us. I agree on the color limitations of LEGO, and think you made a wise choice in going with monochromatic. I hope you *will* come to BrickWorld 2011. I hope to be there and would love to see your work in person. Also, we have a chance for input with The LEGO Group, and I would love for you to join your voice with mine and others in advocating for more realistic LEGO color choices. My favorites: sand blue, sand red, and light yellow, have all gone out of production :-(
I also checked out and enjoyed your blog and look forward to your "Collection of Boxes". Thanks again for the wonderful MOC post! Hopefully your work will inspire others to adopt LEGO as an artistic medium.
Just... No word for that ! It is such a wonderful, beautiful, extraordinary, amazing MOC !
I think it is the best MOC I have ever seen in my life... and surely I will never see some better than this one !
The first words that came to mind after seeing this were inappropriate for MOCpages. With that said very impressive! There's just so much detail put into this it's simply mind boggling.
I like it
February 4, 2011
I couldn't resist being the 100th commentator. This is stunning work, all the more stunning for your short time in the hobby. I read your gread interview with Marcos B, nice work there too. Can't wait for the next one.
One glance at the thumbnail and I knew this had to be another one of yours... spectacular vision and level of detail again. The tree is a fantastic addition, really different from the cartoon-y look of official Lego foliage.
you are a very talented man! spiritual and deep! it is just right, that you can get known by creating a new lego building genre and category! for this, not only do you get my highest respect, but, also my admiration! the best of luck in your future projects! francis.
If you had assembled just the tree I would have proclaimed you the greatest Lego artist of all time, but the house as well? I'm speechless (and that's rare). This work is so absurdly realistic, only a gas chromatograph can prove it's made of Lego.
Well, now after two days since I've finally stopped gawking, I'm going to comment. Simply put, though there's nothing simple about this build, it far and away sets the benchmark for realism in Lego buildings. They say the more difficult the medium, the more glory to the artist. We are artists - you are one of the best.
I already commented, so what? The last time I commented I couldn't take in all it's glory. This is indeed the MOC of the year, excuse me - eternity. Yes, by far the best creation in existence. Because even if some ultra OMFGLOLPWNEPIX genius aliens know LEGO, this would wipe the floor with them. May I download this picture and use it for my background?
did you hear the sound of my jaw dropping under the table? and btw...it took me 10 minutes to regain the capacity of speech...this is the best MOC ever seen, pls be my guest in Italy as long as we build a moc...pls...I need to see your magic fingers at work...
When I first looked at this, I was expecting to be disappointed because I thought there was no way that tree was Lego. Surprise! Now I am utterly speechless! Your talent is beyond amazing. You are in a class by yourself.
Even more beautiful than your last. I'm awe struck by your talent. Perhaps you should think about hitting a convention sometime with a couple of these? I know the Brickworld gang in Chicago this June would go NUTS over your stuff! ~ Chris.
I have nothing to say to this, because my comment would underplay how much i love this house. My roommate saw this over my shoulder and we got into a heated argument over whether or not this was made out of lego
Ha! For a moment there I though you were saying that this model was made of Lego! Nice one! Wait...what? It IS Lego???? No way!!!! Seriously amazing work here, I would love to see even more pictures, this house has gone beyond the norm of Lego. Simply stunning.
That really is the best Lego cration I've ever seen. You are the best! The Level of details of the Tree and the house is just unbeliveable....so amazing! Simply enchanting.....
That's the stuff Lego dreams are made of!
There's just so much here... the unbelievable level of detail makes this look real. None of this looks like plastic, it seems as if this is an actual house made out of brick and wood and shingles. The black and white effect really adds to this as well. There isn't a specific look or detail that you have overlooked, it's all there in a magnificent color scheme. This is simply stunning.
I am not conviced that this is made of LEGO bricks at all! :D
Does not look like it anyway....
I liked the previous one too. This is even better, even I didn't think it couldn't be any better and more realistic than the previous one... but you did it!
I will echo the sentiments of Kelso as I find it hard to capture my own words to describe what I see before me. The creation alone is enough to solidify you as an artist but the eloquent and poetic description of your piece elevates you to another level. Bravo, we are not worthy.!H
Simply put, this is PURE VISUAL GENIOUS! The amount of detail, from the tiles coming off the sides, to that amazing tree, just leave me breathless. My only request would be to add MORE PICS! I want to see every nook and craney of this amazing piece. Pure art, man.
Right, now that I have been drooling over this for the past 10 minutes I find it appropriate to comment. Not very often will you be hearing me say this but this is my favorite non castle model. Fantastic work! The atmosphere to this is in my opinion the best part. A good build without atmosphere would be nothing but you have perfected this stunner. Great work.
Simply put, one of THE finest Lego creations I have ever seen! I'm absolutely stunned and speechless. This should certainly win MOC of the Year here on our site's annual awards, but the larger community of Lego enthusiasts need to see this as well. The scale, the textural work, the composition, and even the "feel" of the piece is nothing short of amazing. Absolutely breathtaking work!!!!
THE best piece of Lego art on this site - hands down. And I do mean art. Lots of MOCers claim to be artists, but really it's just an excitable ego. This though, in my mind, absolutely qualifies. Normally I don't really like big-budget, all-the-bricks-you-want, creations, as often the money is more of a factor to the MOC's success than the talent behind it. Here though, whilst I'm sure this cost a fortune, the build cost is still vastly outweighed by the creativity and skill required to pull the creation off. This is so far ahead of what most of us think of as a MOC I'm almost ashamed I can only give it 5/5. Astounding work.
i couldnt belive it all those pieces just to make the tree and the grass just thinking about building this moc is giving me the hebejebes! its truely the greatest moc ive ever seen but i know it to forever and 2 lifetimes to make this moc. i salute you for your courage paitence and skill that u put into this moc
sometimes i think that i can build nice models, and sometimes that i'm quite good in putting some lego together.....but then, i see this and i'm back on my feet again. best i have ever saw. even the smallest details like worn off paint. incredible. 5/5
This is truly amazing. Astounding! i totally get what you're saying about the duality as well. For when i first looked at this, i didn't even pick up on the fact that the tree had destroyed part of the house. i saw an intact house and tree, then the damage. So real. So visceral. This is one i'll be coming back to ...