Brick Lion Guards City Hall (Mar, 1930)

While it does have that whole Minecraft/8-bit look about it, that is a pretty terrible rendition of a lion.

Brick Lion Guards City Hall

AN INTERESTING illustration of what can be done with common, ordinary brick is demonstrated by the modernistic lion that guards the door to the City Hall in Ruestringer, Germany. Several thousands of brick were required to make this figure which is an integral part of the structure. The irregular spacings provided the greatest difficulty but were overcome by a miniature scale model. This is but one example of the many uses to which brick are being put.

4 comments
  1. Charlene says: June 20, 201212:26 pm

    They survived the war, although Ruestringer didn’t – the building is now Wilhelmshaven Town Hall.

  2. warreno says: June 20, 20124:07 pm

    The rendition of the lion really isn’t much more awkward than the article: ‘This is but one example of the many uses to which brick are being put.’ Indeed. They’ve also been used for novel purposes such as making fireplaces, chimneys, and, oh I don’t know, THE BUILDING THE LION IS SITTING IN FRONT OF.

    I think part of the problem with the lion’s shape is that it’s an 8-bit interpretation of a Deco/progressivist lion, which would already be pretty highly stylized.

  3. Toronto says: June 20, 20126:35 pm

    It’s Le(g)o the Lion!

  4. namsupo says: June 20, 20128:06 pm

    Here’s a photo of the town hall:

    http://www.ratgeberzent…

    I think the lions are visible though you’d never know that’s what they were from this image.

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