While seeking out likely candidates for an upcoming article featuring Lego models inspired by the band, Rush, I came across the work of Marion, a.k.a. Brixe63. After grabbing a couple of photos I was looking for, I decided to wander down her Flickrstream to see what else she had done. I found some very interesting models and table-scraps, but what really caught my eye, even more than the excellent Rush album covers, was a series of four mosaics from 2013 that seemed destined for a larger project that was not completed, or at least not posted. They are four sides to a brick-built box that might have been meant for a structure of some kind. Marion doesn’t have much to say on any of her photos (beyond a title and some keywords) and the work I’m about to spotlight is no exception. To call the intricate mosaics outstanding is an understatement, each one is a study in shape and form using cheese-slopes to wonderful effect. Three of the four sides of the box feature a micro-monorail, the most impressive of which is entitled “Schienen” which is the German word for “rails“. I especially dig the way color and pattern are used to draw the eye to the red monorail in the center. The mosaic model looks to replicate the classic set#6399-1 Airport Shuttle and does so with an amazing economy of parts.The second mosaic is a slightly larger version of the same train, which allows for greater detail. To me it’s not quite as effective as it’s smaller companion but mostly because I prefer the darker background and the diagonal lines to the blank-white background. The version in the top photo is labeled “Rot” which is the German word for “red“. As I mentioned, Marion’s approach to posting and presenting her models favors brevity to an extreme. The next version down is labeled…as you might suspect…”Weib“, the German word for “white” and features some minor changes. The final side of the box features the word “MoRaSt“, which could mean “bog or moor” or it could be a reference to the German death-metal band of the same name. More likely, MoRaSt is simply an abbreviation for Mono Rail Station. I’m not sure what the intended purpose of the box is, Only Marion knows for sure and she ain’t talkin’. Certainly these mosaics would make for an ideal background or floor of a monorail station, or some kind of signage.
Any discussion of the builder’s skill at mosaic design would be incomplete without referencing one of the best pieces of Lego-related graffiti I’ve seen to date. When I first saw the thumbnail I assumed the lettering was done with a Sharpie and I was delighted to discover it is quite legitimately 100% Lego. The cheese-slope style really mixes well with the standard issue masonry bricks. The tag is a relatively small detail inside a larger monorail layout Marion created for the Laneoog 2014 Lego gathering in Germany. Langeoog is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands, which seems like a really cool and exotic place to display a Lego diorama. Although the rest of the accompanying structure isn’t nearly as interesting or well-built as the mosaic, it’s still worth a look if you have the time. I was not able to find any connection between the mosaics at the beginning of this article and the larger diorama depicted in this photo, however. It seems like there should indeed be some link but after exhausting Marion’s photostream and some casual perusal of 1000steine.de with the help of Google Translate, I was unable to establish said link. I have reached out to the buidler and I’ll update this post if she is responds.
Since we’re on the subject of monorail action, we’ll take a look at one more model before we shut off the spotlight. Marion has a neat little collection of Volkswagen monorail vans that are functional and compatible with the old track system. I’m sure they were a big hit with the residents of Langeoog, and it probably won’t be too long until we see them copied in the States. The builder really crams the motor into a tight space and the design itself is immediatley recognizable.