Art Museum - The Detroit Institute of Arts. This MOC depicts the original center section of the art museum building in minifig scale.
About this creation
This building is a selectively scaled down version of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Woodward Avenue. The original structure, completed in 1927, was designed in the Italian style by Paul Philippe Cret. The real thing is really a great musuem with a large collection, which today is almost out of proportion to the size of the city (since Detroit has lost half its population since 1950). Many of the galleries have period styles to them including a medieval courtyard. The murals by Diego Rivera depicting the auto industry are unique.
If my version of the museum were built to scale, the building would be about 3 times wider and longer. Black granite additions were built from 1966-1970 but due to space restrictions, my model only shows the orginal marble section. The model has a rudimentary interior in which I planned to place reproductions of some art but I have not done so yet. It took about 28 hours over 7 days to build and was completed in November 2004.
A Ford Anglia drives north on Woodward Avenue past the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA). The rather primitive and cubistic rendition of the replica of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" sits to the right of the entrance.
The rear of the museum which is not very accurate since there is actually a movie theater attached here. I did not include this due to space limitations but instead used architectural ideas from the Detroit Library's main building.
Unfortunately for the would be art thieves, a Detroit PD officer is waiting to take the situation in hand. In reality "Whistler's Mother" by James Abbot McNeill Whistler was exhibited at the DIA in spring 2004 without incident.
WHAT A REMARKABLE LIKENESS OF THE DIA. SO WHAT IF THE THINKER IS NOT IN FRONT OF IT. THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH LEGOS.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE LEGO CASTLE EXHIBIT AT THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM IN DEARBORN? IT IS FANTASTIC.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR COMMENTS.
I must say, all of your stuff is fantastic, pretty much the closest thing to perfection that I've seen in the City category, along with Sean Kenney's "Greenwich Village" and "Bricktropolis" (the city display in FAO Schwarz). I'm definitely adding you to my favorite builder's list so I can see when you come out with something new, which will hopefully be soon! I've been waiting for something new from you since I finished looking at all your current stuff. Again, excellent job. Oh I almost forgot, I LOVE the brick patterning you did, genius!
the level of deatil here is breath-taking. ANd I love the block and mortar design you did with the grey plates and white blocks.
I've never been to Detroit before, but this makes me want to go.
I love it.
DecoJim - I've always been amazingly impressed with your MOC's. I saw your Pyramid on Brickshelf and just wanted to let you know how great your models are. Were you at Brickfest these past two years? Perhaps we met? Your Fisher building may be your crown jewel. It size and detail are incredible. -Arthur