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About this creation
Okay. So let me first start off by saying…I haven’t the foggiest what this is.

You know, representationally speaking.

I’ve never worked with sculpture before with LEGO, and I’ve never gone non-representational with any kind of art if there was no instructor assigning me such work. But I thought now would be a good time to start. Looking at this, there are many things that the viewer could see, but for me, it was always meant to be nothing.

SHIPtember is nearly here and I didn’t have enough time to put together the type of build that I always look for in a finished work. Those of you who have followed my progress through this rediscovering of my love for little plastic bricks have probably caught on to my propensity for useless details, otherwise known as the greeble. With this month coming to an end and the great test of ship builders staring me in the face, and my intention of making my entry just infested with the greebs, I thought I would just take a little time to hone my craft, if you will.

I put studs on all the flat sides of my beginnings and began to cover it in my favorite LEGO pastime. After the base plate, I decided to add a little knob on the top. From the little knob grew another platform. I repeated this process a few times until you see what I present to you today. Truthfully, I had no real intention of sharing this little exercise…this little study. But, when I decided that I should call it quits, (otherwise this thing could have kept growing until I had no pieces left and SHIPtember would have become TAKING-APART-ALL-THESE-LIGHT-BLEY-GREEBLEStember), I was actually pretty happy with what was left when the smoke cleared. So I share. I only included four shots because, well, there’s not really anything else to see. I call it “Greeble For Greeble’s Sake” because that’s just what it is. This was fun and a great way for a sci-fi builder to blow off some steam, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys this as much as I do.










Thanks for checking it out. If you feel like saying something about it, hey, let me know.



Comments

  July 6, 2017
I'm not a fan of greebling, but when you do it, you do it RIGHT. This looks like something on the surface of the DeathStar.
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  February 2, 2017
Holy Greeble! That's a lot of Greeble!
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  November 9, 2015
*gapes in awe* I understand sculpture at last.....
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  December 24, 2014
Greebley goodness to be sure! Lee.
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  December 6, 2014
GREEBLE me silly... I love the complexity of what you have done. Great display of your skills. WELL DONE
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  October 20, 2014
Greebles. Mmm... Greebly greebles...
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  September 20, 2014
And Greeble really makes it!! Excellent exercise of style. Some technics are truely impressive.
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  September 6, 2014
Tim, you may help me to find the rules for SHIPtember...I only read the lines of this moc, and don't know what these competitions are really mean ( I had always wonder about FEBrovery, and so on...)
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  September 3, 2014
Nice.
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  September 1, 2014
That's definitely a part of a large station. A communications tower or a prop or part of any fantastic machine. Tim, the design creates a truly outstanding work. But wait ... maybe it's a space station in the Micro style. In any case it is absolutely awesome.
Tim C
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matt rowntRee
  August 31, 2014
;)
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  August 31, 2014
That would make a killer capitol ship stand.
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  August 31, 2014
Very nicely done! But, then again, I do love to sink my teeth into some tasty greebling. I like that you approached this purely from a "Lego as art" stance and have wanted to try my hand at some Lego "art" myself. Can't wait to see where this idea leads you!
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  August 31, 2014
Nice greebling
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  August 31, 2014
Could be a part of a star destroyer ;) Looks pretty cool.
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  August 30, 2014
So, perhaps it's a little over-designed for a multiplex theatre soap dispenser, but clearly you caught the spirit of the thing.
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  August 30, 2014
As usual Tim, your work with greebles is absolutely inspiring. Truly art, if you ask me. Greebling and rock work; both have their own technical challenges. LEGO is designed to be square, and managing to break the cubic design of the brick and bring a more complex look and shape is astounding. I look forward to seeing where this leads you. Of course, with SHIPtember coming by, I'm sure you'll bring something marvelous to the table (as usual). Also, just wondering, but are you considering to enter in Decisive Action? Rumor has it that it will begin in October....
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  August 30, 2014
Wow! Looks epic!
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  August 30, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Let me first say that immersion is the most difficult thing for any Artist to do. It is a leap of faith, for lack of a better term, to allow the medium to guide you. We all can think of and see the world through Lego eyes, but to actually set that aside and let the Lego take you shows a profound assimilation. It can also be a dangerous one (Please trust me on this one, my friend.) Doing it in small steps like this is wonderfully amorphous and takes turns that you'd never have expected. I see a new regeneration here, and I find that I want it to evolve even more. This is not a good start, it is THE start. Secondly, I love what this little guy represents: Absolutely nothing. You are beginning the conversation that is intentional Art. Tower? Why not? I see it as a beacon from an ancient space faring race filled with the knowledge of their culture. A cypher, perhaps. Whatever it is exists in our minds now. That is the purpose of this elaborate greebleplex. Excellent experiment exquisitely executed. I hope to see more, and I take pity on those that oppose you in SHIPtember. ;)
I only wish you could take some time out every once in a while and put together a lengthy, well-conceived thought and put it in the form of a comment on a LEGO creation. Or, maybe I've just come to expect it;) You, sir, have once again swung your hammer of observation and found the head of the nail. The truth is, I wasn't taking this very seriously at the start. It wasn't a MOC, more like a LEGO slop sink. When I was reaching a finished border to the platform, I began to see a certain artistic quality to its beginnings and felt myself taking pride in my slop sink. It wasn't easy denying myself intention. Much like our tendency to want to breathe when we've been underwater for any length of time, my instinct all through building this was to take a deep pull of purpose. However, there is plenty to be seen here. It's all to the beholder. Sure, it could be a tower, or a joystick. I can even see the Imperial probe droid that someone mentioned. What I came to discover from this was a piece of aimless form that has gathered its will and burst from a chaos of texture. To expand on one of your statements: This is only the beginning. It has definitely inspired me to further explore this idea. Hopefully, after I get past SHIPtember, (and a couple other random projects), I can share where this line of thought has led me. Until then, thanks again, Matt, for seeing what you see.
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  August 30, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Wow! This is insanely good! Love it! Reminds me of something from Star Wars...
Thanks, Mark! Glad you like it. I'm not sure what it's from, but it certainly could be Star Wars.
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  August 30, 2014
Wonderfull! This would just fit perfect into the deathstar-aquatorial-groove of the display, Volker Becker ( not on mocpages, just an real afol-friend) created for my X-Wingmoc... Looks fullfilling an important System of unspecific kind...
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  August 30, 2014
Quoting Ian Diller Greebles, greebles, GREEBLES!!!
Thanks, Ian.
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  August 30, 2014
Looks cool, whatever it is!
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  August 30, 2014
Mmmmm... Greebles... :L
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  August 30, 2014
Great greeble inspiration!
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  August 29, 2014
Greeble? But surely this is a communication tower, vital for the safe running of the giant spacecraft that it's attached to. I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments in your opening paragraphs. I was terrible at art, at school.However, I did enjoy design and making things, problem solving and discovering new ideas. I think that's what led me into an engineering degree. To me, the joy of Lego spaceships is the freedom. They don't have to be useful or functional. I often start with a shape or a set of colours and build from there. From what you say, I think that we bith enjoy the freedom and fun of Greebles for Greebles' Sake :)
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  August 29, 2014
Yeah it does look like a piece from a death star, very cool.
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  August 29, 2014
Caterpillar tracks and a couple of claw arms and this would be a stellar robot. SHIPtember -could I stretch to that again?
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  August 29, 2014
I think that is part of the Death Star. Vader's private bathroom maybe. Or maybe a Storm Trooper social club where they can relax over a few blue milks at the end of a shift.It's great work anyway. I will be back again as it's worth multiple viewings. I've looked at it about 4-5 times already.
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  August 29, 2014
Very cool!
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  August 29, 2014
I quite enjoy this piece! My first thought of this piece was a combination of a Turbolaser and an Imperial Probe Droid. Excellent details!
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  August 29, 2014
Very cool. I can't help but wonder what scale would this be in. Is it huge like a space station, or small like a microwave? Whatever it is it really does look impressive. Great greebles.
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  August 29, 2014
Intense piece of work there, Chief!
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  August 29, 2014
Tim fear not! For I know exactly what IT is. While it's a ponderous burden that I carry being the only human being in the galaxy that holds the answer to everyone's burning question! WHAT IS IT? Why it's a Greebleanator it makes Greebles . Ha ha ha! You know seriously this would make an awesome base for Stephan's equally awesome CS Dish. It would be amazing . This really looks cool Tim.
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  August 29, 2014
You can never have too much superfluous detail, apparently... eventually even you have to run out of grey clip pieces, surely ? This is a fun exercise and the result is really pretty cool.
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  August 29, 2014
Definitely some kind of alien joystick, taking the scale to another level ;) Greeble level = end boss. Nice one Tim!
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  August 29, 2014
For gleebling out loud! That's a lot of greebles! Good job!
Tim C
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matt rowntRee
  August 28, 2014
Let me first say that immersion is the most difficult thing for any Artist to do. It is a leap of faith, for lack of a better term, to allow the medium to guide you. We all can think of and see the world through Lego eyes, but to actually set that aside and let the Lego take you shows a profound assimilation. It can also be a dangerous one (Please trust me on this one, my friend.) Doing it in small steps like this is wonderfully amorphous and takes turns that you'd never have expected. I see a new regeneration here, and I find that I want it to evolve even more. This is not a good start, it is THE start. Secondly, I love what this little guy represents: Absolutely nothing. You are beginning the conversation that is intentional Art. Tower? Why not? I see it as a beacon from an ancient space faring race filled with the knowledge of their culture. A cypher, perhaps. Whatever it is exists in our minds now. That is the purpose of this elaborate greebleplex. Excellent experiment exquisitely executed. I hope to see more, and I take pity on those that oppose you in SHIPtember. ;)
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  August 28, 2014
Wow! This is insanely good! Love it! Reminds me of something from Star Wars...
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  August 28, 2014
Greebles, greebles, GREEBLES!!!
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  August 28, 2014
Quoting Peter Mowry Excellent work on all the detail Tim! It's always nice to build something where your mind can go anywhere and just build. I don't know what it is either but it makes a really sweet Tower of some sorts.
Hahaha! Yeah, thanks Pete. It was nice to just let go and let the pieces decide for once. A tower is easy, for sure. But maybe a greebly tornado;)
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  August 28, 2014
Excellent work on all the detail Tim! It's always nice to build something where your mind can go anywhere and just build. I don't know what it is either but it makes a really sweet Tower of some sorts.
 
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