I’m really digging this serene view of LEGO Alexandria by builder Jesse van den Oetelaar! Employing forced perspective, a micro version of the ancient city’s walls can be seen on the other side of Lake Mareotis (modern-day Lake Mariout in Egypt). I like how the micro greenery around the wall looks to be a miniaturized version of the flora we see in the foreground. The reed design front-and-center is wonderful, employing wands and paintbrushes to add variety to the verdant patch. Even though it’s tucked away to the right, the designs on the sandstone building are intricate and fit right in with the medieval setting. And the water flowing out of the fountain is some especially nice parts usage. But my favorite part of the scene is the subtle texture added to the water’s surface with the occasional bare stud. It adds motion to the build without disrupting the serenity of the view.
Many LEGO castle creations are built into a rocky or wooded landscape, possibly inspired by real-life castle locations found all over the world. It’s one of the reasons that this castle by Isaac Snyder stood out to me, situated in a tranquil lake setting.
The round transparent blue dots used for the water surface and the bricks made from tiles in the foundation are simple but elegant. I also appreciate the dark blue slopes used in a variety of ways to form the many roof sections.