LEGO Mosaic: "Richmond: River City"
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This piece is a three-part mosaic. The idea came to me on the Monument Avenue 10k. The monuments along the avenue made it such a scenic place. It was one of the most memorable things about Richmond before I moved here and reminds me of the city's history.
I moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2003 to start my consulting business. I was very taken by the city's historical monuments and row homes, along with the symbols of industry that brought Richmond to prominence so many years ago.
Richmond is a small city, but I have always been an admirer of its push to creatively grow and change. The cityscape continues to grow and looks best at night. The old factories and warehouses are relics of the tobacco era- most have been converted into beautifully spacious loft apartments. The Main Street station has been running since the 1800's and (despite sitting underneath a busy highway) still retains its historic charm.
I took all of the photos of the city that are used in this piece. The three statues and the dogwood pictures were taken from Monument Avenue. The James river photo was actually taken off River Road on Richmond's south side. The cityscape was captured from the view at Richmond's famous Hollywood cemetary. The people hopping stones are from the Japanese garden at Maymont.
This was originally going to be a single panel. After building the first one, I thought it would be neat to turn into a series. The second part was completed in May of 2006. The third panel was completed a few months later.
As I was building the third panel, I attempted to capture the build with a ceiling-mounted camera. With shots taken every 45 seconds, the compilation animates the process. View that movie below.