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64.5: Famous Landmarks Unlimited – Winners Announced

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 by in Magnet Limit, No Limit, Results Posted

1st place: Ben Cannon – Tower of Pisa

The voters have spoken and Ben takes 1st place with his interpretation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here’s what he had to say on his process: “I had to get a bit creative with making pillars for such a small model, so I ended up settling on 78 1×2 chains to connect the outer layers. Finally, to create the iconic tilt, I added a 1×8 chain to the bottom and tilted it downward. It turned out to be just the right angle as it is on the real Leaning Tower of Pisa. With 1322 magnets, it’s a simple but detailed model.” For first place, Ben receives $100 in Zen Credits.


2nd place: KLAW – Golden Gate Bridge

Our runner up is KLAW, with a magnet rendition of the Golden Gate bridge. Taking some artistic license, this photo has been enhanced with fog, blue skies, and terrain. Turned out to be a crowd please, and KLAW receives $65 in Zen Credits for 2nd place.


3rd place: Frankie – Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty takes the bronze. Another compact, yet detailed sculpture. The fabric from the robes has folds and sleeves, a very nice rendition. If you were curious about Frankie’s detailed plan of attack, it can be summed up with 1 word, determination: “I just was really trying to make it I guess.” Frankie is awarded $45.


4th place: tend2it – Moai

We’ve reached a point in our contests where tend2it literally just has to pull up his flickr and submit sculptures he created 6 years ago. 😉 This Maoi is mostly antiparallel stacked hexagons and simple adjustments. tend2it said this about construction: “Balls were removed to form the brow, eye, cheek, and nose indentation. The nose was added. A wrapping layer was added below the nose to form the mouth and chin. The mouth was formed by removing a single row.” If you’re curious, have a full 360 look at this sculpture on youtube. For 4th place, tend2it is awarded $35.


5th place: Acanthaster – Manneken Pis

Acanthaster chose the naughtiest of all the landmarks, and was also the only submission to utilize non-Zens for dramatic effect. Acanthaster had this to say about their love of Brussels and Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder: “It was on the list, I swear! It was so different from all the other landmarks, I thought it would be a fun challenge and result. :)” Banking on the immaturity of our viewers has paid off, and Acanthaster gets $30 for 5th place.


6th place: NealisNeal – The Atomium

Neal honed in the landmark that is the most Zen Magnets, the Atomium, a giant replica of 9 iron atoms. This is what Neal had to say about the construction: “I built this by first constructing each of the 9 “balls” and connecting them from the bottom-up with supports.” For 6th place, NealisNeal is awarded $25.


7th place: LaniQ – Island Shrine of Itsukushima

Last but not least, the Shrine of Itsukushima from LaniQ, complete with rippling water, terrain, and sunset. This is what LaniQ had to say on which landmark to chose: “I love the look of the island shrine of itsukushima and thought it would make an interesting “shape” with the magnets and look cool with a beautiful sunset.” LaniQ receives $20 in Zen Credits for 7th place.


Great job to all who participated! And if you constructed your sculpture entirely out of Zen Magnets, be sure to submit it to the Zen Gallery.


If you haven’t already, click on the images to check out the original size. And keep in mind that contests held here are independent of the Zen Gallery. Magnet sculptors can always submit photos to to win magnets as well. Spectators, keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, because you choose the winners. Contest Winners, we’ll email you your prizes soon.




There were 13 total submissions for our Famous Landmarks contest. Click through the images for full size submissions. If you are curious how they compare to the actual structures, check this list. Voting is now open, follow the link below and pick your favorites.



$300 in prizes will be distributed among the winners.

Judges, remember that this contest is a photography contest just as much as it is a magnet sculpture contest, overall aesthetic does matter. Voting deadline is 3/5.

Vote in this google form for your top 3: