by Eric DRUON
Romão Santos is already a well known builder because of his huge constructions and involvement in the social project “Projecto Construir” (“Building project”). “Projecto Construir” is an initiative in social entrepreneurship aimed at providing support for institutionalized persons, in particular children, providing them unique moments in nature playful and educational, through their involvement in the construction of large-scale models with LEGO® bricks.
His current project consists of building a large-scale model of the castle Guimarães. Guimarães is the first capital city of Portugal and its castle an important landmark of the country. Check how great the castle’s model is turning into to 🙂
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His building techniques are rather simple but the overall design of the MOC is very well done. I also point out his short history lesson about the Great Wall that gives some enlightenment about the evolution of these walls and their purposes.
“The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortification built over a millennium. Despite popular belief, the wall was not originally constructed to protect against Mongol invaders, but instead built by the various Chinese states to protect their own borders against each other during the Warring State Period in 5th century BC. Most of the original walls was destroyed after Qin conquered all opposing sates and unified the country. The remaining wall was extended into a new northern wall which would protect against the empire against the nomadic Mongols from the north.
The first walls were simple walls made up of rammed earth and stones. By the Ming dynasty in the 16th century more advance techniques were used on the rebuild the walls, bricks, tiles and cut stones.
The MOC depicts the great wall in later age as a young Emperor watches his army march to battle.” – text by Si-MOCs