Kirtland Temple Lego replica pays homage to important religious building
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The Cincinnati Museum Center has exhibited the works of Mark Clark on several occasions, winning publicity bands for its displays of his huge replicas of the city’s magnificent Music Hall and the famous Roebling Bridge, the prototype of the Brooklyn Bridge that spans the river. Ohio and transports drivers between Ohio. and Kentucky.
Clark’s use of Legos to make 1 / 50th scale replicas of these important historic architectural landmarks adds to the public’s fascination with them, especially because great care is taken in constructing them to depict their state of affairs. ‘origin and tell their stories.
“It’s about telling stories and using Lego as a means to do it,” he said.
Earlier last year, Clark got into his car and drove through the state for four hours to see his latest creation, the Kirtland Temple, the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. . (See photos below.) Church scriptures emphasize the central importance of the temple and its beloved place in the history of the restoration of the faith: 185 years ago, Jesus Christ, Moses , Elijah and Elijah visited the Kirtland Temple.
“This particular piece is an origin story,” said Clark, who is not a member of the church. “It’s the origin of a whole faith, which has actually weighed very, very heavily on me all this time. I want to do the play justice. I want to do it right. This is something so important to a large part of humanity. This was not going to be my ugly child. I wanted it to be the most beautiful piece I have ever done, because it is so important. It is as if someone has to make the stable in Bethlehem and try to be historically accurate as it would have been right now. There was no way in the world I was going to settle for “that looks good”. “
Clark’s Latter-day Saint friends, impressed with his previous 20 or so pieces, told him that the original Latter-day Saint Temple was in Kirtland, Ohio. When he saw the building, which the church no longer owns, he felt compelled to tell his story, even after he pulled out his measuring wheel, walked around the property and realized that the measurements and colors would complicate a Lego project. .
Clark’s Roebling Bridge is 32 feet long. Its Cincinnati Music Hall is 10 feet wide and 11 feet deep. They’re a long way from the rescue helicopter his mother gave him at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital when he had tonsils in second grade. He said he aged from Legos after getting his driver’s license, but his mother and ex-wife rekindled the passion eight years ago when they bought him the Death Star and the Millennium Falcon. “Star Wars” movies.
He took out his old decors, brushed and restored and polished and polished each brick and put them back together. The Battle of Endor was his first landscape not based on a set, his first work of art. He built the Music Hall to help raise funds for a $ 93 million renovation. This model has been on tour for seven years now.
“People love the concept of historical storytelling told through a gigantic, huge Lego model,” he said.
Clark funds his work through his work as a freelance business intelligence and data analytics contractor, but the Kirtland Temple article shows how expensive it can be. At the Kirtland Temple Visitor Center, he saw a painting of the temple with its original dark red roof.
“I’m a big fan of dark red, it’s one of my favorite Lego colors, but dark red is an extremely rare Lego color. To finish the roof with a 70 degree slope, I had to spend $ 2.36 per individual brick for 500 tiles, ”he said. “I bought the whole dark red slope in North America which was reasonably affordable and I was missing 120 bricks. I had a color scheme that I wasn’t going to deviate from, so I had to buy the more expensive ones and it cost a bit of money.
As expenses increased, some friends donated to the project, which continued to grow on Clark.
Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints mined Ohio limestone from a nearby quarry. Clark used light gray, dark gray, and burnt orange Lego bricks to recreate the sandstone look.
“I am very detailed,” he said.
He did not include the small fence around the temple as it was not added to the temple grounds until later.
There were other obstacles.
“When I translated all of these dimensions into Lego math, every space, every corner turned out to be an odd number, and Lego doesn’t like odd numbers,” Clark said. “So what that means is that I had to use a 2×4 brick and then insert a 1×2 brick next to it because, for example, the space between the windows is five studs. This is not going well in Lego math. So the hardest part was that at a scale of 1 / 50th everything in this temple was an odd number.
He struggles with the roof and the steeple for five months. Then he redesigned the steeple because it just didn’t work.
Now he says, “It’s beautiful.”
Clark said some Latter-day Saint temples are adorned with some of the most amazing architecture he has ever seen. Its goal now is to display the replica of the Kirtland Temple to bring this Ohio origin story and church to people in Cincinnati and possibly across the country.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is expected to display the replica later this year, but Clark is also hoping some Latter-day Saints or others might be interested in sending it on tour.
Meanwhile, he’s working on his next project, Cincinnati’s Carew Tower, which was built in the 1930s as a prototype of the Empire State Building at exactly half the size.
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