Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks designed and built this fantastic kinetic LEGO sculpture depicting the punishment of Sisyphus, a greedy, deceitful, and murderous king who also made the grievous error of betraying Zeus. His punishment was to spend eternity in the Underworld repeatedly rolling a huge boulder up a steep hill. There’s something strangely soothing about watching this LEGO figure toil away.
Due to limitations in the components available to him, Allemann’s orrery is about 97% accurate. The itty-bitty moon orbits the Earth every 28 days and it takes the LEGO Earth 375 days to complete its year-long orbit of the Sun.
“I tried to focus on making the rotation and movements as accurate as possible without making it too complex… The relative sizes and distances between the objects is obviously not to scale, a concession often taken with these models. It’s also missing the tilt of the Earth and inclination of the Moon’s orbit. Perhaps some things that could be added in the future.”