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February 5, 2009

Lego Bannister

Admin note: this wasn't part of the original Bannister series - but it seemed like a necessary interlude.

Don't tell me! I know what you're thinking: this guy is completely bonkers for Roger Bannister. He's writing a seemingly endless series with one platitude on top of another, completely obsessed with something that happened 55 years ago. He's commandeered Bannister's story and gone off the introspective deep end to attach some greater personal significance to his own modest aspirations. That's what six consecutive articles have revealed about me so far, right?

Honestly, it's tough for me to contradict any of that. However, in my defense, I'd like to suggest that I might not the biggest Bannister geek on the face of the Earth (top 5, maybe). Nor am I, despite all the details and photos and links included in these past posts, the most resourceful or inspired.

I suggest it, because that kind of honor would have to go to whoever came up with this:

It's a Lego reproduction of one of the most famous pictures of the 20th century - which happens to be the topic of my next article. It's also absolutely ingenious.

If you're like me, you'll scroll back and forth between the two pictures for about 15 minutes, marveling at the amount of detail that is captured in the Lego creation. You'll admire the cleverness that it took to come up with such an idea in the first place. And you'll take a small measure of satisfaction that you're not the most deranged Roger Bannister fan out there.

However, chances are that you're not like me - in which case you'll have to humor this indulgence of mine just a bit longer before we resume our regular frivolous programming. There's light at the end of the tunnel, I promise; give me three more articles, and we'll call it a series.


Addendum: All hail the power of Google!! After I typed in "Roger Bannister Lego", it took me about three seconds to find a video about the photographer, Mike Stimpson, who created the picture (as well as many others). It's become a signature style of his, as the following clip explains: (click to play)


Speed Racer 2/6/09, 4:41 AM  

He is not a true artist until he does the Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Moment. Do they make lego (wo)men with boobs? Do you clip them on?

Formulaic 2/6/09, 11:59 AM  

OK. I admit. That is pretty cool!

Nice detail and super imaginative

AKA Alice 2/8/09, 11:04 AM  

I will point out, however, that you did decide to Google "Roger Banniser Lego" because you FIGURED someone had created the scene in Legos...LOL...

I thought I was the only one who did things like that.

I love the Internet :-))

Anne 2/8/09, 12:33 PM  

I think this guy would have a career at Legoland if he ever decided to cross the pond.

Rainmaker 2/9/09, 1:24 PM  

Ok, I've gotten way behind on your posts - but I'm planning on catching up soon. Thus, i started here. Wow, pretty amazing to go back and forth between the two (like you, for quite a while...).

21stCenturyMom 2/12/09, 2:09 PM  

Very cool. Thanks for pointing the way.

I am so far behind in reading your blog... so very far behind.

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