The Temple of Hephaestus is an attempt to recreate a little of the ancient Greek beauty that still exists in the ruins of some of the most impressive temples ever built in the ancient western world. The design is based on a collection of several Greek temples and renderings including the Parthenon and the Temple of Artemis, with a dash of design elements from the famous Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, albeit on a less grand scale.
The Temple of the Smith is somewhat sparse in its interior, dominated by the fires for his forges. The mythical Pegasus, homage to his divine father Zeus and his craft as stone mason and artisan grace the front of the temple. A secret compartment under the temple reveals a hidden view of Hephaestus himself at work under the ancient fiery mountain Mosychlos in Limnos. To the side of the temple runs a nearby road, edged by ripe olive trees ready for harvesting, and travelled by a swift charioteer. Across the way stands a small shrine to Asclepius, the God of Healing. In the foreground a small flowing fountain issues form the lion's head into a garden of flowers in bloom for his love Aphrodite.
Smaller in scale than last year, I'd guess this is about 6,000 pieces, give or take. The pictures above are an assortment mostly taken while it was on display at the Nashville Public Library. Sadly one of the problems with that is that the movement in the car and around weakened a few of the connections so it's not quite as pretty as I'd like, but the library has a lot better light than my dinning room. Again, as with several other recent pictures, my wife was the photographer.
Like Dragon Tooth Keep in 2015, this won for Best Hidden Compartment, a special award.
Nashville Public Library Contest 2016 - Nashville, TN
Brickapolooza 2016 - Huntsville, AL
Brickblast 2016 - Nashville, TN
Brickfair Alabama 2017 - Birmingham, AL
Another oddity, this was the first time someone seriously asked if they could buy one of my MOCs. The answer is no. My collection isn't for sale (unless you want to place an exorbitant price on it).
Also at brick fair 2017 we participated in World of Lights, albeit mostly unnoticed as we were away from most of the folks and opted for a very simple and subtle effect. Using a Halloween glow stick (orange) I used the reflective nature of the translucent tiles to create an ember glow from the volcano. This is probably the best picture I have of it.
As of early 2017 this building was overhauled. I decided it needed an upgrade and expansion. This made a number of changes, and I think warranted a new title and set of images. You can see the new, and hopefully improved, version of this build called The Greek Temple Complex.