Creativity Is: Recreating an Ancient Story in a 21st Century Form

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There are many definitions of creativity. Despite the differences, most include originality or novelty and imagination, and the creation of something new. Sometimes you take something really old and give it a completely new form, as is the case with this massive Odyssey LEGO build by VirtuaLUG.


Millie McKenzie VirtuaLUG's Odyssey

VirtuaLUG’s Odyssey display, Brickworld 2014; image by Millie McKenzie.

A group of LEGO enthusiasts took Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey and recreated a number of scenes. Wow! Browsing through the photo set on The Brothers Brick site, I was struck by Millie McKenzie‘s version of Circe’s Island in particular.


Millie McKenzie Circes Island

Circe’s Island by Millie McKenzie.

The reliefs and exterior moldings on the building are fantastic. I also took a look at McKenzie’s Flickr photos and found even more of her projects. She created more environments from Circe’s Island than shown in the collected Odyssey build, including the scene where Circe turned Odysseus’ men into pigs:


Millie McKenzie Oysseus Men Are Pigs

Men Are Pigs! by Millie McKenzie.

There are more of the skillfully made moldings in this build, and pillars and alcoves, but I’m especially impressed by the rounded roof tiles with the color variations. Very clever and evocative. And I just love the floor mosaics!

Homer isn’t the only topic for McKenzie, though. This version of musician Max Rebo from Return of the Jedi is the best!

Millie McKenzie Max Rebo

Max Rebo by Millie McKenzie.

McKenzie also has an intricate version of the Munchkinland / yellow brick road and many, many others. I definitely recommend visiting her Flickr stream!


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