This MOC topic comprises of 2 of my recent architectural creations. They are the St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow of Russia and the Charles bridge in Prague of Czech Republic.
I prepared them for a big Lego show in April 2011( Named Travel around the world). From the date of first meeting of the function, there's only more than 2 months allowed for the construction.
The St. Basil's Cathedral took me one and a half month to complete while the Prague took me one and a half of week!!!
Why I chose them as my topics?
I create the Lego St. Basil's Cathedral as I was attracted by its colorful outlook. Although there're 2 Lego builders created it before. I want to challenge myself to create such a difficult Lego architecture, esp. for its shapes. Octagon and cone are 2 of the sharps that lego creation rarely been dealed with. Since there're already beautiful creations of it already. I have not take a look on any picture of their previous works. Otherwise, I'll "follow" their route.
As I don't want to make something similar thing, I employed the building technique: SNOT that I always use in my other sculptural creations. The "onion" shaped domes should be the most difficult aspect I need to tackle.
I started with the most difficult part(the 9 domes )first. I prepared the sharpe of the dome with 2 different scales. And then make some colors and patterns ( spiral pattern) onto them. Since I use SNOT technique, the process of making color pattern is much difficult.
After that, the 9 octagonal columns( of 2 scales) are explored. Usually, we use Lego hinge plate to make octagonal shape. However, there're 8 large gaps occur at each angle. So I explored another technique that try to make the gaps smaller, and so the columns look much "octagonal".
The base of the church as well as the "stone" platform maybe the easiest and borest?? part of the building progress.
Finally, I dealed with another difficult aspect of the MOC. I need to create the 2 octagonal cones of the building. Oh my god! I had no reference on internet with such technique! I had made one with roof slopes, but the outlook looks not pretty. And the prototype of the cone was also not in the same style as the 9 domes. I need to prepare another technique that nobody employed before.
How did you feel on my final look of the cone? I love them very much!
I imagine that I could modify them onto other shapes that never seen before, via this technique (part of the Lego Prague employs the modified technique).
The St. Basil's Cathedral was finally completed!!!!!!!
This is the real St. Basil's Cathedral!
The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Russian: ÈFÈdÈVÈdÈf ÈDÈdÈ`ÈfÈdÈWÈU ÈeÈfÈZÈgÈWÈuÈhÈdÈ_ ÇôÈdÈXÈdÈfÈdÈYÈ^ÈlÈq, ÈmÈhÈd ÈcÈU ÈEÈWÈi), popularly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral , is a Russian Orthodox church erected on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555-1561.
The building's design, shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky.
This is the old version of the top cone. Looks bad!
And 4 boxes are needed for transportation!
The "stone" platform consists of 4 big pieces!
This is our preparation workshop. It's size of over 3000 sq. ft.2
With the visit of Mr Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, I'm truly excited!
However, Oh............1 and 1/2 months passed away! There's only less than 2 weeks left! I "enjoyed" the church so long! ( Please remember that I have daily duty. I could work on the piece after duty!)
With the time constraint on the "Prague", I worked together with my wife, and try to do something that seems impossible I thought. This MOC should be the hardest piece I ever make.
Throughout the building progress, mistakes always occur. For example, I built the stone bridge with a wrong color tone. I need to replace the wrong light grey color onto tan color. Since the diorama presents with a group of buildings of different styles. I need to prepare them within a very short period of time. Another problem was the shortage of some Lego pieces. I could not order them on time. So the river looks a bit narrow compare with that of the real scene.
For the bridge, I tried to orientated it slightly oblique so the scene looks much natural. Do you agree with my point?
I could only lengthen the building time by shorten my sleeping period. Anyway, the scene was finally completed on time!!!! Although it was a very hard time, it is an impressive experience and progess in completing 2 giant MOCs.
The dimension of St. Basil's Cathedral and the Charles Bridge of Prague are 96 studs x 96 studs and 96 studs x 192 studs respectively!
Hope that all of you like my creations and please enjoy the photos!
Please remember to leave your kindly comment! I need all your comment for future improvment!
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic.
A view of one of the bridge towers of the Charles Bridge
is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but has been the "Charles Bridge" since 1870.
Could you see the difference on the 2 half pieces of bridge?
The Charles Bridge is one of my favorite bridges as it is permanently closed to traffic and has been given over to us completely as a pedestrian bridge. I've walked it several times and tackling something with so many notches and statues and abutments is no easy challenge, but you pulled it off well. And hey, St. Peter's Basilica is top notch SNOTology by a top notch SNOT ologist! Great MOCs.
wow great job in createing such detailed replicas of famos monuments. i bet the feeling of accomplishment is a great one, that i someday hope to have in common when i am recognized for my createivity with legos. you insire many people to be the best!
Hi Schneider, I m Karen. Nice to meet u here. It's an awesome work that you guys have done. I went to City Plaza for this exhibition today and i just love the works. can imagine how excited u were when u met Mr.KKK. Really enjoy the show. I can see the efforts u put in ur work, esp. the patterns of the Charles Bridge.
Hey Schneider, it's Karen again. Can u share w/ me where did u learn the building techniques from? I wanna pick up my lego building again (I have built a lot back in kid's time) and become experts as you guys are. Can u share ur experience w/ us as well? Million Thanks in advance.
I saw this at Cityplaza on Friday. St. Basil's definitely caught my attention, so I took a photo of it. Great work! I really enjoyed the exhibit. I only wish their had been more info about the builders at the expo.