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Staggeringly Amazing Church of Lego 215

rcharbon writes: "This link brings you to yet another of the web's compulsive personalities. Almost 18 months in the making, the lego church is astonishing. Christened as a monument to dead cats, no less." I know we post Lego things often, but this is an amazing project from Groundbreaking ceremony to completion. I was especially impressed with the mosaic works. The artist also has a number of other Lego works to check out while you're at it.
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Staggeringly Amazing Church of Lego

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  • Delusional (Score:1, Funny)

    by ZeroLogic ( 11697 )
    This is one of those people that I'm very happy to have seen on the web, but are too scary to meet in real life.

    Brings up thoughts of Misery.
  • hmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by timdorr ( 213400 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:00PM (#3325989) Homepage
    where's the lego tv crew and the lego phone number overlay?
  • Slashdotted! (Score:1, Redundant)

    by cybercuzco ( 100904 )
    So this is like the second or third post, and the link is already slashdotted. Sigh. Mirrors anyone?
  • Correct Link (Score:3, Informative)

    by samael ( 12612 ) <Andrew@Ducker.org.uk> on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:01PM (#3325997) Homepage
    Do you not check those links?

    You should be going here: http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/church/
  • Kaboom (Score:5, Funny)

    by Shaper of Myths ( 148485 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:01PM (#3325999)
    I guess their server was built from lego too...
  • Yikes. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Lemmy Caution ( 8378 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:02PM (#3326005) Homepage
    Next on "let's bring the Slashdot Effect down on the kind, poor and hapless," the readers of Slashdot bring down the servers of three orphanages, a school for the blind, two hunger project centers, and a sweet little old lady's home-based DSl-linked web server that she uses to organize day trips for the terminally ill.
    • Re:Yikes. (Score:1, Redundant)

      by 56ker ( 566853 )
      or how about harnessing the value of the slashdot effect for good? Get a site promoting - just slashdot it! :)
    • Sorry that should've read :

      or how about harnessing the value of the slashdot effect for good? Get a site promoting (insert evil cause here)? - just slashdot it! :)
    • Re:Yikes. (Score:5, Funny)

      by bobdehnhardt ( 18286 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @07:17PM (#3326469)
      CERN Advisory: D/.DOS Attack

      The CERN/CC has received reports of a new web DOS attack, called the Distributed Slashdot Denial Of Service attack. Rather than depending on exploits readily found in certain HTTP servers, this attack utilizes social engineering to bring down sites that appeal to the technically savvy. Within minutes of the target site's URL being posted on a publicly accessible web site [slashdot.org], the target site is bombarded with connection requests. This can result in the complete blocking of even the most robust web farms.

      1. Don't put up a sight that is anywhere close to something considered "Cool", "Kewl", K3wl", "News for Nerds" or "Stuff that matters".
      2. Avoid techno-geek hot topics, including Legos, Mindstorm, Manga, Anime, and Beer
      3. Never, ever post anything complementary about Linux, or disparaging about Microsoft
      4. Never mention the name CowboyNeal

      • Don't put up a sight that is anywhere close to something considered "Cool", "Kewl", K3wl", "News for Nerds" or "Stuff that matters".

        And how would you end up on /. by posting something like that? This story itself isn't even "News for Nerds", and it certainly doesn't matter. (or so the Troll reasoning goes). Everyone knows it's just Slashvertisements these days anyways.

  • by Tadrith ( 557354 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:02PM (#3326007) Homepage
    ...for the child molesting Lego priests! *ducks*
    • by tswinzig ( 210999 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:20PM (#3326131) Journal
      They are the ones with the legs on backwards, for obvious reasons.
    • just thinking how much time must have gone into this project... I wonder what God thinks of it all.
    • Sounds like a feature for LEGO^H^H^H^H Block Structure Porn [corrupt.net]

  • the /. effect (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mcspock ( 252093 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:05PM (#3326022)
    I hate to suggest it, but perhaps links to sites that can't sustain a /. load shouldn't be posted? Besides the fact that nobody can check this site out after 2 minutes, it's undoubtedly difficult for the webmaster of said site (especially if they have bandwidth limitations, etc).
    • not necessarily on topic, but a good point
    • 1) Created by FrontPage
      2) Cheezy colour scheme
      3) Obviously "personal project" type page
      4) "Server IIS running on Windows NT x.x"

    • And ruin their moment of glory?
    • Amy Hughes doesn't seem too upset about it: a message from her regarding the slashdotting [lugnet.com]. Now she's looking for a new host [lugnet.com] though. Anyone here able to help her out?
  • I will live in a house completly made out of lego blocks, fully automated and linked to my computer for additionnal control. I'll even have a lego dog running around. Yeah!
  • How Much? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jaybird144 ( 558619 ) <jaybird144&gmail,com> on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:07PM (#3326051)
    I'm just a bit curious as to how much it COSTS to build a castle out of LEGOs... I remember when I used to play with LEGOs, (like 4 years ago...I'm not that old ^_^) I had a hard time scraping enough money together to build a decent castle (for the little LEGO people, that is...) The site is /.ed, so I can't see if it says there - does anyone have figures as to how much the Church of LEGO cost? -Jaybird144
    • Re:How Much? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by infinite9 ( 319274 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:32PM (#3326212)
      It depends on what it's made of (I can't see the site either). In general, you can get lego bricks from bulk ordering sites for 1-25 cents. Of course, they go way up from there, but most aren't too expensive. I once ran a lego brick auction site. 35,000 bricks. I invested $2000 up front. I made back $4000 gross and had 6000 parts left over. To this day, I have a massive herd of lego horses. :-)
    • When bought in sets, Lego pieces cost an average of about 15 cents per piece (that's weighting the pieces by commonality). More specialized pieces cost more. 2x2 bricks cost about 7 cents each. 2x4 bricks cost 14 cents each.

      When bought in bulk and buying just bricks, you can get them for a little less than if you buy full sets (with lots of specialized pieces). Check out Lego Shop-At-Home [lego.com] for exact prices.

      (I haven't been able to get to the featured site, so I have no idea how many bricks are used in the church.)

      If I ever updated my Lego site [queue.org], I wonder if I could get a slashdot feature, too...
  • by JMZero ( 449047 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:09PM (#3326068) Homepage
    Just press your refresh button as fast as you can. And don't give up. Just keep on pressing it. Faster!

    Make sure nobody enjoys it if you can't.

  • by thesolo ( 131008 ) <slap@fighttheriaa.org> on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:11PM (#3326083) Homepage
    Since it is already slashdotted, here is the main page. I managed to grab one overhead of the church, you can see it here [realfx.com]

    "This project is dedicated to my cat, Precious, who passed away January 8, 2002, the same day construction was completed. May this church, of such amusement to My Little Chirper, express some of the joy she brought me.

    "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" Philippians 1:3

    About this project

    I got back into LEGO building after a twenty-year "dark ages" as a means of dealing with grief after my first cat, Murray, passed away in June, 2000. I also adopted Precious, my third cat, at that time. She loved to be amidst my building from the start. She didn't disturb partially assembled LEGO objects, or even piles of bricks, so I only had to concern myself with cleaning up loose pieces when I was done working, and I could leave her to play around my assembled work without too much fear of damage.

    My first project was to be a large house, about 4 feet by 2 feet in size. I drew floor plans, and then built much of the front wall as a test of concept. Then I set about creating a pattern for the floor that was to become the living room. I quickly came up with a double row of crosses that reminded me of the center aisle of a church, and building a church suddenly seemed like a more interesting project.

    And so the Abston Church of Christ was conceived as my first LEGO project in twenty years. As the picture above shows, Precious continued to enjoy my building, and as you'll see in the Cats in Church pictures, she and her sister, Anya, made this project quite a lot of fun. Read about it in the construction log.

    As chance would have it, I only had a few hours of work to complete after Precious passed away, so in her honor I wrapped it up that same day. I didn't have a chance to do some small revisions or to build a piano for the church because I wanted to leave it as it was on that day.

    I hope you enjoy this church, because that's how I get to share the memory of My Little Chirper with you. I like to think of this as Precious's Church. "

    Honestly, this is an amazing project, but the site gives me the creeps for some reason.
  • Here's a picture:

  • by OccSub ( 572282 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:17PM (#3326117)
    And on the eighth day, God created plastic, and he saw that it was good, and he made little teeny-tiny blocks out of it to give geeks something very cool to play with.
  • Precious :( (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    The artist's cat, Precious died on January 9th :(

    This AC thinks starvation was the cause *rimshot*

  • Dead cats (Score:3, Funny)

    by ross.w ( 87751 ) <rwonderley@gmai[ ]om ['l.c' in gap]> on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:24PM (#3326164) Journal
    Does this make the 102nd use for a dead cat?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      the lego church is astonishing Christened as a monument to dead cats, no less

      The comment Does this make the 102nd use for a dead cat?
      Question: How was his comment offtopic ?

      Answer: Crack smoking trolling moderators

  • by DrEldarion ( 114072 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [0791uhcsm]> on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:25PM (#3326176)
    Check out The Brick Testament [thereverend.com]

    Complements it quite nicely.

    -- Dr. Eldarion --
    • The most disturbing part of this is the lego illustrations on instructions of slavery. The slave lego people are all black, and some are sporting afros.

      I don't remember afros in the bible, but i could be wrong.
      • Slave = black only in the special circumstances of American history. Biblical slavery was not race based -- mostly the slaves were war captives, although sometimes a criminal would be auctioned off to raise money to compensate his victims, or a bankrupt debtor might be sold to pay the creditors. So a slave might be a foreigner, distinguishable by accent but often not by appearance, or might even be a former neighbor.

        The problem was, if a slave looked like free people, he could escape fairly easily. So in the American south, bondservants (white people who paid for their passage by agreeing to a limited period of slavery) would all too often simply walk away and take up land of their own out on the frontier, but africans couldn't travel even a few miles without showing papers. In other countries without a frontier, non-racial slavery worked better, but there were still problems in the long run. If slaves were used on a job, free men were reluctant to take wages for the same work -- in the antebellum south, there were poor whites that would be happy to take a job "overseeing" the slaves, but would rather eat clay and grass than pick cotton themselves. So in the long term, most societies evolve to either be mostly slave or mostly non-slave. E.g. in Medieval and Renaissance France, a poor man wandering the countryside was obviously a runaway serf. In England serfdom died away, then African slaves were imported for a while, but by the late 1700's slaves were so rare that it was easy to ban slavery entirely. However, in the Arab nations in the same period, only very important persons and desert nomads were free -- and when the Turkish empire extended from Bulgaria to Africa, legally _everyone_ was the Sultan's slave.
    • Oh yes, with that special tinge of parody -- I loved the parts involving flames :)

      BTW, a new Lego-themed DOOM map was released this week. Snag it from http://www.duellist.net/ (No! no!! not all at once! :)

  • the lego church is astonishing Christened as a monument to dead cats, no less

    This may not be made of lego but its one hell of a shrine to dead cats [bonsaikitten.com]

  • Since it was an old story I check the Internet Archive, unfortunately the archive was not listed due to robot.txt.

    Anyone else have a mirror? What I want to know is when will Lego go public! Keep buying, keep building. :)


  • This is pretty cool. But would've been a lot cooler if it was a Lego concert hall with these guys [metalchurch.com] playing.
  • Phase 2? (Score:5, Funny)

    by e1en0r ( 529063 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:41PM (#3326273) Homepage
    How long until the Lego church folk start to attack the Harry Potter lego for evil wizardry? Or until little Lego missionaries try to convert the pirates and the spacemen to their side?
  • That ain't nothing. My ex-brother-in-law done built hisself a entire house down by the river under the old bridge using some cardboard boxes and some newspapers he found in the dumpster.
  • There really wasn't any need to start subscriptions here on /. now was there, Taco, when you could simply have charged hapless siteadmins in exchange for rejecting submissions linking to their machines...

    Gah, do I have to do all the thinking round here?
  • Check here [str8dog.com]. Please be kind... 8(
  • church stats (Score:4, Informative)

    by e1en0r ( 529063 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @06:58PM (#3326342) Homepage
    from her site: It contains approximately 75,000 pieces, including almost 4000 windows, seats 1372 minifigs and is about 7 feet long by 5 1/2 feet wide.
  • by Da Penguin ( 122065 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @07:00PM (#3326358)
    > I got back into LEGO building after a twenty-year "dark ages" as a means of dealing with grief after my first cat, Murray, passed away in June, 2000

    Some people deal with their emotions, some go into denial, and some build lego cathedrals.

    I guess we should be more sensitive though, those must have been some cats and must have meant a lot to her.

    Really good work, though; astounding detail on the pews, lights, crucifix, lighting...
    I just hope she didn't actually entomb the cat there.

    PS: I now realise that it is not a guy, I just thought that such obsession is usually a guy thing.

  • by mattman ( 90069 )
    For the (hopefully) last time:

    Lego is the plural of Lego. Lego is the company. If you must add an 's', use "Lego bricks." The bastardization "Legos" grates on any true fans nerves. Please don't use it.
    • by wadetemp ( 217315 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @08:02PM (#3326702)
      As you've stated, the LEGO(R) trademark is an adjective not a noun. A LEGO(R) legal page [lego.com] has more information about this, under "Proper Use of the LEGO Trademark on a Web Site."
    • Lego is the plural of Lego. Lego is the company. If you must add an 's', use "Lego bricks." The bastardization "Legos" grates on any true fans nerves. Please don't use it.

      This well may be grammatically correct, but it sounds dumb to me. What you're saying doesn't sound dumb, but, "I'm playing with Lego" sounds dumb when there are more than one of them. The vast majority of English speakers agree, hence the repeated use of it this way. I'm generally all for correct grammar, but there are times when the correct way is just wrong. This is such a case.

      For the (hopefully) last time:

      Nope, it won't be, for the reasons given above.
      Please try not to let it get to you.

  • by craw ( 6958 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @07:21PM (#3326497) Homepage
    I fear the day that NASA contracts out for RMS to design an anime-themed Lego Mindstorm set (with tiles made out of titanium), with an embedded processor running linux (powered by a potato), interfaced to a Mac that is running YDL, with a KDE2.0 desktop, with instructions on how to combine multiple kits to produce a beowulf cluster, with the initial step reading, "To start, put up the First Post." There's is no mention of a cloned cat, nor CueCat.

    For some reason this is the only story posted by /. that day (something about /. editors' brains exploding).

    And J. Katz posts the story.

    In unrelated news, the Washington (First?) Post reported today that Kraft Foods is phasing out production at its Life Savers factory located in Holland, Michigan. Life Savers will instead be made in Canada. This is not a joke.
  • by JasonVergo ( 101331 ) on Thursday April 11, 2002 @07:30PM (#3326577)
    It even includes a dead dude hanging on the wall.
  • There is an exceptional stop animation lego video currently playing on Much Music by the White Strokes called "Fell in Love with A girl" This is a must be seen video, very cool: http://launch.yahoo.com/artist/default.asp?artistI D=1042272 Click "Fell In Love with a girl" to watch
  • grr, I'd love to see more pics. Unfortunately:
    1) slashdotted
    2) no google cache
    3) no wayback machine cache - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.amyhughes. org/

    The perils of robots.txt. If she had only allow it we could have hammered google and not her lego box :(

  • So, when does she get to play human Godzilla and smash the thing up?! :)

  • The building permitting and inspection requirments for such would probably be miles of red bricks, I mean red tape.

    There are building standards, and the gov inspectors are *not* going to find this one in their standards book.

    Poor kitty.
  • Coolest Lego use I've seen lately is the White Stripes music video. Legos are used for animation: guitarist, drummer, people running, riding bicycles, and more. Love it.
  • by amyhughes ( 569088 ) on Friday April 12, 2002 @01:26AM (#3327940) Homepage
    The site actually has a pretty fat pipe, but traffic started to spike a couple days before slashdot even got the story. It looks from emailed comments and the web log like it's being discussed in email, "online journals" and other forums. Traffic has been doubling every day. Would it have survived a slashdotting a week ago? I dunno. I'll get a fatter pipe before I announce the next project :-) In any case, when the server comes back up there'll be no church pictures for a while. Amy
  • An idea... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    First off, the church is tre's cool and tre's spooky.

    Second, everytime a site gets slashdotted, slashdot should send out a "I got /.ed and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt!" t-shirt to the owner(s).

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