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"Monument"
All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"~Emperor Hirohito
About this creation
A fighter plane lies in it's cold tomb, somewhere in the vastness of the ocean, guarded over by a solitary crab.
The kelp sways gently in the faint current,
bullets slowly rust in their feeder links;
an invisible monument to the absurdity of war.

Why are some generations destined to be ground up in the mill of War
while others bask in the sunshine of Peace? What is the madness that
overcomes whole nations to kill men, women and children they do not know?
Why do they blindly follow their politicians to foreign lands?
How does a belief lead to slaughter? Why do we draw lines on maps
and build fences around our homes?

Build notes: The plane is a generic mixture of WW2 fighters.
I wanted it be look universal and not just a wreck from one country,
but a monument to ALL countries. Doubtless you hardcore
WW2 plane boffins aren't impressed ;) The colours are an attempt
at rust and algae slowly returning the steel back to Nature.
I was going to add divers but it changes the mood.
(Photos are on the dark side but that's in aid of the mood too).
Props to me homey Shan Young for the lightsaber blade thru da
axle hole brick thing.

I'll leave you with the opening dialogue from the
movie "The Thin Red Line" (the best war movie made imo):

"What's this war in the heart of nature?

Why does nature vie with itself?

The land contend with the sea?

ls there an avenging power in nature?

Not one power, but two?"








































Comments

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  March 13, 2009
Sorry, after you started going on about the "War is bad" stuff I stopped reading. Pretty cool MoC though, it does look decayed
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  August 19, 2008
This is epic beyond all words. I love how you convey the haunting consequences of war through this piece.
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  July 15, 2008
All of You vigs, dioramas, and vigoramas are so meaningful. They are the the best ones I've ever seen! Keep it up!
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  June 28, 2008
Hmmm, very well written.
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  June 21, 2008
I love this. The concept is great. I do not mind that it looks like any particular plane. I DID dock you, however, because I think that the plane it self needs some work, I think. I would suggest some rust greebs in stead of that. Sorry to be nit-picky, just a thought.
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  June 21, 2008
Nice, I see what your getting at. it seems like everyone these days is making an anti war vig/Dio but this one is very original.I know this is kinda weird but it reminds me of a quot from Terminator 2. John connor- "Were not going to make it,humanity i mean" Arnold-"It is in your nature to destroy yourselves" (The arnold quot only sounds cool when you say it like him ;)
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  April 12, 2008
really good, it actully looks like its been on the ocean floor for years
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  April 6, 2008
This is fantastic, man - well built, great atmosphere & thoughtful commentary as always, so awesome. I don't frequent MOCpages so much anymore, but people like you are the last bastion of hope for this place. You should come over to flickr though ;) Peace out
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  April 4, 2008
Wow, Nice design! I'm at a loss for words.
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  March 30, 2008
Amazing! 5 stars is an insult to this beautiful monument.
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  March 29, 2008
Love the spirit of this MOC and the text ! The plane is very good too. Beautiful MOC, I hope that everybody will look at this one !
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  March 28, 2008
The fallen plane is great, very realistic, but the commentary really makes you think.
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  March 24, 2008
So deep,and yet so simple,the horrors of war have taken their toll,great job with this.
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  March 23, 2008
it still amazes me how well you bring our hearts and minds into your MOCs, whie still being a very good builder! this is one of the best yet! who would have thought to make one of those fallen planes out of legos?
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  March 22, 2008
Wow... Why do men fight so much? Do we just like to see each other in pain? Well... this is an eye opener for me. Good job.
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  March 22, 2008
This is really well done! I actually not too long ago watched a show documenting the retrieval of a German WWII plane that was left in pretty good condition on the sea floor and this captures the murky, decayed, and underwater look absolutely masterfully! Nice to see such LEGO artwork!
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  March 21, 2008
This is great! Kinda reminds me of flight 19 over the Bermuda Triangle, when those 5 planes disappeared, and were found years later underwater.
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  March 21, 2008
There is a fundamental sickness in the human species. We at once have a horror of, and a love for, violence and war. The urge to destroy our fellow man leads us to peaks of accomplishment we would otherwise never attain; so many of our technical advancements arose out of the quest to kill more efficiently, and on ever-grander scales. And all it took was one twisted mind millenia ago, one guy that thought "might makes right" and put the idea into action. All his neighbors had to adopt that mindset or be slaughtered. In this way the sickness spread. Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway - great, fantastic MOC, perfectly built and thought-provoking. What more can anyone ask for?
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  March 21, 2008
Darn man - this is your best creation to date. Although, with a head pounding this morning from too much Australian red wine last night I wish you hadn't made something so thought provoking. Lee.
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  March 21, 2008
So sad, what a great job. 10/5
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  March 21, 2008
Its pretty good I mean it should belong in some Zombie Apocolypse abandonded air field but other than that good job
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  March 21, 2008
I wouldn't worry about the accuracy of the plane. We all know it's the thought behind the build that matters. Speaking of which, why do you have to go and make me think. It's 6 am over here and I've been working all night! I'm tired and ready to go home and you go and make a thought provoking piece of gold. I can't wait to see what you'll come up with next. Later ~ Chris. p.s. could you do something funny so we (the community at large) could post some witty repartee.
 
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