It's a rather little MOC I made here, but I admit it might be found controversial by some users. First of all, I used both LEGO and clone brand bricks. I did it on purpose. So if a moderator decides to move this to Community, I see no problem with that. Also, the theme is pretty serious. But I believe that sometimes you need to be controversial in order to send the desired message, so I'll proceed anyway.
This is my recreation of the real-life place located on the border between North Korea and South Korea - the two countries which technically still remain at war. It is considered one of the most dangerous and also, IMO, weirdest places on Earth. The Joint Security Area, lying within an ex-village of Panmunjom, is the only point along the otherwise virtually impenetrable border, where soldiers of the two opposite armies actually stand face-to-face and are literally a few meters away from each other.
Some real-life photos first:
The actual border between the two countries is marked by a concrete slab running between the buildings:
I used clone brand bricks for the ground on the North Korean side. I also used clone brand minifigs for North Korean soldiers. It was a deliberate action and I don't mean to offend anyone by this. My sole purpose was to emphasize the difference between the democratic south and the communist north, which are indeed two completely different worlds. I used it as means of showing the weight of this place to the viewer in a direct, perhaps even a bit shocking way if you will.
So there it is, South Korea on the left, North Korea on the right:
When the North Korean soldiers guard their side of the border, they stand like this:
The two soldiers right next to the concrete slab watch each other so that neither of them defects to the south. The third soldier makes sure that no one else approaches the border.
On the other side both South Korean and US soldiers are present. South Korean soldiers always wear sunglasses in order to look more intimidating to the North Koreans.
The US soldier standing next to the border:
The South Korean soldier:
Both sides often use binoculars to look closely at the doings of the opposite side. There are also cameras everywhere.
The place is also used for official talks between the two countries - they sometimes meet inside one of the blue buildings at a table located half in South Korea and half in North Korea, so that even then everyone remains in their respective country. They also have a phone hotline they use for urgent matters. However, sometimes when the South tries to call the North and no one answers the phone, they use more direct means of communication:
Some more random photos:
So that's it, that was my most unorthodox and perhaps one of my strangest MOCs so far. Let me also add that I'm Polish, not Korean, but I think I can understand the tragedy of what was once one country, but now is divided in such a manner.
Thank you for your time!
Edited by Rufus, 29 April 2012 - 11:31 AM.