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Mt. St. Helens Lenticular Mosaic

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#1 Offline xccj

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Posted Jul 20 2014 - 08:48 PM

14704060492_5bc587cfda_b.jpgLEGO Lenticular Mt. St. Helens Mosaic by Xccj, on Flickr
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.

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#2 Offline Black Six

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Posted Jul 20 2014 - 09:14 PM

That is awesome! It's great to see this finally come together. It's really interesting to see the shift in color palette between the before and after sides.

I hope I get to see it in person at some point.

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#3 Offline Sumiki

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Posted Jul 20 2014 - 10:06 PM

I LOVE these kinds of mosaics. It's awesome how you were able to really capture the eruption in LEGO.
The touches of purple and pink really make the MOC for me, I think.

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Posted Aug 12 2014 - 08:26 AM

Oh, so you look at the mosaic from different angles to see two sides of the image? Pretty innovative!

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Posted Aug 12 2014 - 01:16 PM

This is really cool. I like the different colors that it has from both viewpoints of it. I definitely would like to this in person. :)

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Posted Aug 13 2014 - 03:00 AM

This is just amazing. The size and details (and amount of cheeseslopes) really make the MoC. 

The angled thing is just plain awesome, it looks so complex to build something like that. 


I love it! 

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Posted Aug 13 2014 - 07:57 AM

Incredible! I don't think I've seen that kind of effect done in LEGO yet. As it happens, I'm heading out the door now to go and hike up that very mountain! 

Good work!



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Posted Aug 13 2014 - 06:20 PM

I suppose the way I feel about your accomplishment here is the same as how others feel when I tell them about how many hours I've logged into a single Pokemon game. :P


I think it takes a certain technical way of thinking that I've just never been able to achieve. You should be very proud of it, and I hope it does get a lot of attention! You did pick a good subject that's well-known and has two easily recognizable images, so that may help.

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Posted Aug 18 2014 - 07:40 PM

That's the first time I've heard of a lenticular mosaic. The things you learn from being a Lego fan... :P

On topic: Love the way the effect lets you see two sides of the same scenery. It would be cool to see the effect in person. :)

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