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M.O. Round 2: Ben Merrill vs Parrington Levens - The Lego Sunset
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Coming to you from Bracket 4, the category is: Rain, Steam and Speed: Build us a MOC (can be vignette, painting, anything) inspired by the work of JMW Turner. Please give us some sort of reference so we can compare your work to his original. We’re not looking for exact representation here (it does say “inspired” at the top) but we have to be able to see the similarities.
About this creation
Following the completion of the M.O. Round 2 judging and reviewing the judges' comments, I decided to correct some of the color issues and present Version 2 of this build.

Parrington’s creation can be found by clicking here.
Also, check out the 2014 MOCOlympics Homepage.

Inspired by Turner's "The Scarlet Sunset", here's my original build of this piece:


Turner’s “The Scarlet Sunset” upon which my build was based:


My updated Version 2 of this mosaic:


Fourth Wall:
Crafting this piece has given me a new appreciation for mosaic builders, and the sheer number of pieces that go into one of these works. It's also given me insight into how difficult it is to get some of the nuances of a piece to come through in a photo. In this piece, I placed nearly 3,000 1x1 trans-clear plates to get the foggy, ethereal feel of Turner's work, which adds a great effect in the brick, but was tough to get to show in the photos.

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Comments

 I like it 
  October 1, 2014
You gave yourself a very difficult task and pulled it off; mosaics are tough anyway. Turner mosaics are next to impossible! Well played, good luck in R3!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson The match was already decided so my vote doesn't count but... if it did, my vote would have gone with Parrington. For me personally, his captured the feel of the original a bit more. That all being said though, I have to say that you REALLY did great with this! You took some risks and they paid off for ya! Welcome to round 3! ~ Chris.
Thank you, Chris, for reviewing my build and for your comments. Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Some of your color choice are just plain off. There are spots of green in the sky and the bottom that don't jive with the original work. However, having said that, I still realized that I recognized this as Turner's Scarlet Sunset. I found that your mosaic did exactly what Turner did: It brought me in with a simple squiggle of paint, then threw me around in all sorts of directions and back again. I noticed the clear plates layering in the red to give amazing depth and saw that there was much more going on here than I initially thought. You get my vote.
Thank you for your comments and your vote. I agree that the colors are quite off in a few places. I'll need to correct those areas before I display this piece, and hopefully get an updated photo posted. Thank you!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Mosaics are tough, especially when you are doing Turner. You chose a really difficult piece of art and pulled off an incredible representation of it. It's not perfect, but I felt you captured the source material better than your opponent did. It was close, but you get my vote! Good luck with the other judges and great work!
Thank you for your comments and you vote. Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens Was a tough category wasn't it? I thought about mosaic also but tried playing to my strengths. Interesting Moc Ben, good luck :)
I enjoyed the challenge of this category, and once I had decided on a work to use as my inspiration what I wanted to build it wasn't too bad.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2014
The match was already decided so my vote doesn't count but... if it did, my vote would have gone with Parrington. For me personally, his captured the feel of the original a bit more. That all being said though, I have to say that you REALLY did great with this! You took some risks and they paid off for ya! Welcome to round 3! ~ Chris.
Ben Merrill
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matt rowntRee
  September 29, 2014
Some of your color choice are just plain off. There are spots of green in the sky and the bottom that don't jive with the original work. However, having said that, I still realized that I recognized this as Turner's Scarlet Sunset. I found that your mosaic did exactly what Turner did: It brought me in with a simple squiggle of paint, then threw me around in all sorts of directions and back again. I noticed the clear plates layering in the red to give amazing depth and saw that there was much more going on here than I initially thought. You get my vote.
 I like it 
  September 29, 2014
Mosaics are tough, especially when you are doing Turner. You chose a really difficult piece of art and pulled off an incredible representation of it. It's not perfect, but I felt you captured the source material better than your opponent did. It was close, but you get my vote! Good luck with the other judges and great work!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2014
It was a really hard category and it's very difficult to catch the spirit of the painting (especially out of bricks) but I think you did it!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2014
Was a tough category wasn't it? I thought about mosaic also but tried playing to my strengths. Interesting Moc Ben, good luck :)
 I like it 
  September 28, 2014
Wow! I know how hard mosaics are, and this is very impressive. Good luck in the MO!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2014
Wow, tricky bit of work that! But I can definitely see the resemblance to the reference picture. I particularly like how you captured the sun and its reflection on the water.
 
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