I started this Raid by looking up different historical structures that I could build. I decided on the Washington Monument but as you can probably tell, that is not what I ended up doing.
I spent one rainy Saturday locked in the Martin Computer lab so that I could bust out the Monument. I looked up a bunch of videos and pictures of both the real thing and Minecraft builds so that I would have a general idea of what to do. I turned on the Quicktime screen video and recored the three hours it took me to build it. By some series of events, the entire video was corrupted and I couldn't open it (even CCIT couldn't do anything for me). So basically all I had was my finished project but no progress shots. Instead of trying to finagle something, I just decided to restart since I wasn't too happy with the way it came out anyway. Except, after watching some of the other presentations, I decided to do something a little more close to home and changed my project to Love Park in Philadelphia.
I used the above picture and decided to map it out on graph paper before even attempting to build it in Minecraft which was definitely my best idea. It made the actual build ten times easier than it could have been.
I personally thought the L was too short but I drew it exactly how I thought it was built. I even used graph paper to help me plan the fountain. First, I wasn't sure how to do a circular shape then I was unsure of the size.
The build that I was using as a reference built the sign on the ground which I wasn't a fan of so I build a stand.
I originally thought it would be easiest to build in by level or row but I quickly found out that it was actually better to build it letter by letter.
The O was definitely the biggest challenge in terms of the build but it helped that I had it mapped out before hand. I changed the height of the L which made the structure look much more even to me.