High in the mountains sits a small temple above a serene lake. Disturbed only by the sound of the falls, the mountain is home to a peaceful tribe of monks.
An original piece built solely as a labor of love.
Without a doubt, this is the grandest project I’ve worked on, both on a size and time scale. Starting from the lake and bottom rocks, which were originally meant for a cavern project, I transformed and evolved both my vision of the piece and my building style as I worked upwards. Most likely the last model I will build for a while now, this is a bittersweet (temporary) farewell to Lego.
As you can see, the different sections of rockwork demonstrate various styles, owing mainly to the limitations of parts. The main rocks are formed by various bley, dark bley, grey, dark grey, and dark tan slopes that were found mostly in an obscure minifigure and Lego parts shop in Portland. Running out of slope parts meant that I had to use mostly tiles and plates to form the rockwork of the rest of the build. Other necessary parts were obtained from various Lego store pick-a-brick walls and BrickLink, due to my shortage of SNOT parts and brown elements, with the exception of the brown 1×4 tile. My abundance of this piece fuels most of the woodwork in the build.
The waterfalls were something I was hesitant to add, because I was unsure if I could build moving water realistically enough and also because I wasn’t sure if the scope of my build could include something as big as a waterfall. However, being a very small element of the finished build, I am content with its small but noticeable presence. In addition, the giant tree was originally added near the bottom and the lake. I placed it at the top because I wanted it to convey an upwards movement and make the piece extend towards the sky, giving a sense of altitude and mountain heights. Because of the sheer height of the build, a main concern was also the structural integrity, which I alleviated by using technic arms to hold up each section.
Finally, the buildings in the piece are mostly experimental accidents. I shifted around the sections of buildings countless times till they were in a place that fit, and in order to give an asian/eastern look, I added various gold ornaments and the gates. The temple at the top was the final addition.
I hope you enjoy this build. Adieu!
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