Now this is absolutely breathtaking. A very skilled artist has created a fantastic collection of Ghibli-related Lego sculptures (to win friends and influence his uncle). I keep forgetting that Legos have evolved quite a bit since I was a small kid three decades ago. It's amazing what you can achieve with these little blocks today.
I'm going to reprint Iain Heath's description from his Flikr page in its entirety. I think he can explain this far better than I could. You can see close-up photos of the individual Lego sculptures here. Enjoy!
Here finally is the finished product, presented at BrickCon 2010 under the "Big In Japan" theme, sponsored by The Brothers Brick. ! I was very honored, surprised and humbled when it received the award for "Big in Japan - Best Overall" award (...which ironcially I also designed!).
To present my completed collection of Miyazaki based Lego creations, I built a Japanese gadren around them. This consisted of several sections of lichen-covered tree trunk sawn to different lengths, some river rocks, various types of moss, a few branches and fern leaves, and also a large amount of sand! Arranging the garden on site took me almost an entire day, during which time I made a complete mess of the floor and table. But my fellow exhibitors were very patient with me, for which I thank them.
Thanks must also go out to Sno-Valley Tree Service of Redmond for providing me (for free) with a large stock of beautiful logs to use in this display. Thankyou Jim!
Thanks also go out to my family, for putting up with the long hours of solitude over the past year that I required to make this dream a reality.
And finally, thankyou to the master himself, Mr. Miyazaki, for inspiring this small homage through his wonderful and timeless works.