Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Jesus of Legoland

Without a doubt I have come across one of the most unusual websites I have ever seen. It is an illustrated online version of sections of the Old and New Testaments. In this version, the illustrations are not photographs of frescos. No, all of the illustrations are pictures of Legos. It is such an odd juxtaposition that it makes the skin on the back of my neck crawl.

By way of example, here is the nativity scene:




Now, perhaps that appears to be cute. I found the section entitled Gang Rape and Dismemberment to be down right disturbing. To see the graphic depiction of the abuse, rape and mutilation of a woman using legos as an art medium has to be one of the most arresting pages I have ever seen online.

The FAQ states:

What is the purpose of The Brick Testament?

Rev. Smith has stated that the goal of The Brick Testament is to give people an increased knowledge of the contents of The Bible in a way that is fun and compelling while staying very true to the original versions. To this end, all stories are retold using direct quotes from The Bible.


It also states:

Is he really a reverend?

Most ministers, priests, or other religious clerics would not actually use "The Reverend" before their own names, for to do so would be presumptuous and rather vain. The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith is not an ordained member of any earthly church, and is widely regarded as being both highly presumptuous and extremely vain.

To find out more about Rev. Smith, you can also visit his home page.

A great companion piece to this website can be found at TAL (see Act Tw0).

I leave you with The Reverend's depiction of the crucifixion:




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