Friday, February 14, 2014

The Friday Rorschach: Battle Royale

Battle Royale, 2014, Legos
This is one of my son's Lego creations (he actually refers to them as "creations"). It is similar to many of his drawings in that there is a storyline with a lot of aggressive action. It is essentially the battle of good versus evil.

What it is: This is a castle battle scene. The building with the red and gray roof is the castle. there is a drawbridge in the back, and castle guns are sticking out of the front. The orange Legos on the right side of the picture are "the good guys." The two gray Legos and the one tan one are "peasants" who are running into the castle. On either side of the castle are catapults. One has just launched a black ball onto the head of a "bad guy." The other one is about to launch a "hot pot."

Facing off against the good guys are a series of three catapults. One is loaded with fire (the orange Lego). One is loaded with a rock (the brown one), and one is loaded with "something green."

What you thought it was: Many people picked up on the idea of a battlefield in this sculpture.

One person mentioned a real-life political conflict:

Other people who didn't mention a battlefield certainly noticed the aggression in the piece:

Bravo to the one person who mentioned actual peasants:

One person's head nearly short-circuited:

And, several people came up with responses that, as hard as I try, I just can't see:

I wouldn't have believed an idea like this already existed without the included picture:

There was a head-nod to sporting events:

And, my personal favorite for the week (I really wish this device existed):

What you might have missed: No one mentioned the pieces that were hanging over the edge of the base. That might be psychologically significant (possibly representing a need to keep information neatly ordered and to ignore the extraneous). Also, no one mentioned the blue, white, and black pieces that are between the castle and the catapults. According to my son, that is the castle's patio.

One last point: I don't like the fact that many of my son's drawings and Lego creations involve aggression and war. That is certainly not something that is emphasized in our house. But, I feel better when I remember that many of my drawings as a child had the same themes, and I turned out to be a reasonably peace-loving, war-hating adult.

What do you think it is about boys that attracts them to aggression?

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Friday Rorschach is a fun project designed to engage readers' creativity. To participate, follow Max on twitter. He posts the drawing every Friday morning around 10am ET/8am MT. There are no wrong answers to the Friday Rorschach.


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