The always plush Omnibus is leaving the station, constant reader and you’ve got a window seat for all the action. There is a snow owl airbrushed on the side of the bus, refreshments have been provided and “Fly By Night” is blasting from the speakers. So grab the last empty seat next to Rutherford and we’ll take a short tour of Owl country. We will discover together what our warm and embracing community can do with the beloved nocturnal bird of prey, in its many inspiring forms.
Our first stop is in Canada, to view the rarely seen owl in flight. One look at the the photo and you can tell you’re not in the company of the average paste-eating mankinder. This is the work of renown Montreal LEGO artist Ekow Nimako. You can read a pretty informative interview with Ekow here, which profiles not only this “Silent Knight” commission from 2015 but also his earlier work and background. I dove into his catalogue of pictures and didn’t come out of the trance for about 20 minutes. You can expect an article on more of Mr. Nimako’s work somewhere down the line, for there is indeed much to explore. For now enjoy two of Ekow’s investigations of the common barn owl, which are anything but common, including a construction video of Silent Knight.
Let’s stay off the perch and in flight with good friend of the Manifesto, Jordan Schwartz and his “Owlet” from 2010. At the time of posting, the use of non ABS LEGO products like cloth capes and Ewok glider-wings was very unorthodox and drew many exclamations of N.P.U. from appreciative viewers. The eyes and banana-beak are very striking and somehow the build still looks fresh 6 years and 10,000 hits later.
Now let’s switch gears entirely and examine some mechano-owls like this eye-catching “Cyber Owl” from the ever reliable and always original, Mihai Marius Mihu. I love the builder but I hate the name, it’s just too difficult to say and impossible to type from memory. In my head I call him “Miti Mata Mulu”, which isn’t too cool. The build is very cool though, the trans-clear plates on the chest were a brilliant choice.