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Images of creations by Gary Istok
These creations have all been built by Gary. The descriptions are by him as well. Please note that these images are Gary's property and you should not copy them without his permission. You can mail him at gistok "at" xyyyy.zzz (replace xyyyy with umich and zzz with edu) if you'd like to ask permission.
At the bottom are DejaNews references to some posts Gary did about classic windows..
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Gary's Acropolis Contest Entry
The first six images were received by me in mid and late October are are of Gary's Acropolis Contest entry. See RTL for more detail.
Note that Erik Wilson has announced the winners. Surf here to see them.
And now, the story behind the pictures:
"LEGO Museum of Art" entry in Erik Wilson's Acropolis Contest by Gary Istok.
Following are excerpts from a visit to the museum by
the famous British Archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie in 1894:
"The LEGO Museum of Art was built in the 1830's
by Karl Friedrich Schinkel,master of the German Neoclassic style. It houses 54 galleries on 2 floors.
The main entrance of Doric columns complements the 4 recessed "classic" doors that lead visitors into the Grand Vestibule.
Just off this vestibule is the Great Hall, whose severly
classical marble interior is lit by 42
clerestory windows. On either side of the great hall are the gallery
entrances. The rear entry to the building has a triple barrel vault
entranceway reminiscent of the Baths of Marcus Aurelius in Rome. A Porte
Cochere (coach entryway) was planned but never implemented, due to the
untimely death of Schinkel soon after the completion of the museum in 1841.
The gabled roof of the Great Hall is reminiscent of the Berlin
Schauspielhaus (Concert Hall), an earlier classical Schinkel work. The
classic frieze in grey, red and white marble banding unifies the various
components of the entire composition into a harmoniously sculpted ensemble.
In the center of each Gallery wing is a Cupola, whose windows allow light
to flood the galleries of the interior. Flanking both Museum entrances are
Beaux Art ornate lamp posts added in the 1890's that complement the
masterpiece, the Berlin Schauspielhaus can be seen at a German site.
Gary's other work
The following images were sent to me by Gary in mid September.
Large Red Gothic Cathedral
Gothic Cathedral - Designed in a German Gothic style. The silhouette is
reminiscent of Cologne Cathedral. The 3 aisled basilica has a nave of 4
bays, and a choir of 3 bays, with 1 bay in each transept. There is a
crossing tower with a forest of pinnacles, like English Cathedrals. The
aisle and clerestory windows contain all clear bricks. (Note: due to
running short of bricks, I had to use hundreds of now rare 1x1 clear round
bricks from the 1960's.) This Cathedral was destroyed in 1996 to be used as
parts on the larger new cathedral (with a nave of 9 bays, a choir of 6
bays, and 3 bays in each transept) which will be finished in October 1998.
The old Cathedral used about 8,000 bricks, the new Cathedral will have over
The following were sent in late October ... Gary's text:
The 20,000 piece new Cathedral is still under construction. The Choir,
Crossing, and both Transepts have been completed, as has the Lady's Chapel
at the extreme eastern end of the Cathedral. The nave has a few more bays
under construction, and the Western Front has been undergoing many changes.
The North Tower is nearing completion, while the Great West Window just
recently received its' glass. The twin South Tower is finished up to the
2nd story. The triple porch is also completed. A late change will be to
add a gallery around the base of the top story of the towers.
Town Plan sets, several buildings
Buildings from the town. In the background are 2 tall office buildings.
The 18 story red topped one on the left is my "Miami Beach 1932 Hotel", the
one on the right is a 21 story office building. Between them is a yellow
late renaissance German Guild Hall. In the center is my white Neo-Classic
Museum, with a white portico'ed entrance. (This building will be my entry
for the Acropolis Contest). To the immediate right of the museum is my
tallest building, 25 story "One Shell Plaza", in an Art Deco Style of the
1920's, that uses embossed (not stickers) Shell emblems as part of the
architectural embellishments. Below the museum (on the left) is my
neo-gothic Fire Station. On the right is my City Hall in the Beaux Arts
The City Hall was built in a turn of the century style. The tower is
reminiscent of the Philadelphia City Hall tower. There is a columned
portico entrance (in black columns), and 4 corner pavillions. This model
uses 2,000 pieces.
One Shell Plaza and Lego Town Center
The following were sent by Gary in late October 1998
One Shell Plaza:
This Art Deco building is built in the exuberant style of the last quarter
of the 1920's. It has Deco details at ground level (arched entrances) as
well as the cornices at each of the buildings setbacks. Its top is
reminiscent of the Empire State Building in New York.
Lego Town Center:
This symmetrical building emulates the shape of the 1930's Nebraska and
Louisiana State Capitols, as well as the Los Angeles City Hall. It has a
Southwestern Pueblo Deco look to it in the 4 corner pavillions. Its 24
story central tower has a spire that looks a lot like New York's (Wall St.)
40 Wall Tower and 60 Wall Tower.
The Late Renaissance Scandanavian Castle. This is a residential castle
that I'm calling Kristiansenborg Castle. There is a large courtyard in the
middle of the castle. It is a 4 towered version of a 2 tower castle that
is displayed in "LEGO International Building Idea Book #1" from 1960.
There are over 8,000 pieces, along with 744 window pieces.
My Romanesque Revival Train Station, has a large clock tower dominating the
complex. There is a large "porte cochere" entranceway with a large waiting
hall above it. The Train Shed has a triple arched entrance on either side
(for the trains) and a large skylight. This building is currently being
remodelled to include a Midway, enlarge the Train Shed, and widen the wings
of the Headhouse. When all is complete, I will use it so that my HO scale
train can run thru the complex and beyond.
Expert Builder Thatcher Perkins
Here are links to posts by Gary (courtesy of DejaNews) about
windows and doors... I picked a few:
To use the search string I did, follow this link.
This "subsite" has won an award... (Thanks to Ed Boxer's nomination)
Cool LEGOŽ Site of the Week
- week of 01-07 November 1998
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