So this is a 48x96 lenticular mosaic of the volcano Mt. St. Helens. It’s made of cheese slopes, so if you look at it from different angles, you only see certain rows, and this allows me to capture two images in one mosaic. When viewed from the left, you have the BEFORE image of the mountain (presumably from Spirit Lake, I dunno, I wasn’t alive at the time to visit, so this was taken from a photo archive). When viewed from the right, you have the AFTER image of the remains of the volcano (take from roughly the same angle where the Observatory is now).
A couple of years ago, I got inspired by some other really cool cheese slope mosaics I saw at Brick Fair, including the Anakin / Darth Vader one and the Batman / Joker one. (Although I realized today they’re called lenticular mosaics, not just slopey, angley mosaics.) With some help from Swert, I was able to design a little 32x32 one for BrickCon, which then totally got overlooked. Still, I started designing a few more, including this Before-After Mt. St. Helens one.
But gosh it requires a ton of cheese slopes so I had to put it off. I’ve been slowly collecting cheese slopes ever since, such as going out of my way to get sets that have lots of them in the colors I need. (Helms Deep was a good one.) But then when I secured employment with a steady paycheck, I decided to go forward with this and made some online orders. Now, roughly $300 later, I can finally put this together.
I would estimate that it took about 12 hours or so to put together. And that’s not counting all the time it took working on the original design, determining what pieces I would need and in what colors in what amounts, doing an inventory of the cheese slopes I currently had, and searching and ordering the rest off Bricklink. It’s not quite as big as some of the famous lenticular mosaics that have made their rounds on the internet, but hopefully it’s big enough to capture interest at conventions. It’s for sure going to be at BrickCon this year, and will probably make it to a few more conventions, just because I don’t see myself taking this apart anytime soon (or ever) even if it does contain the bulk of my cheese slope collection.
But anyway, here it is. I’m been rambling about the creation process a lot in my blog lately, so I guess you could go there is you want to read more incoherent thoughts on this! Thanks for checking this out, and comments appreciated. (Yeah, there are still some things that could be improved. Most of all the photography of this, which did not turn out as well as I could’ve hoped for.)
Edited by Black Six, Aug 12 2014 - 12:01 PM.