LEGO MOCs in Honor
of Dan's Life and Legacy
Dan's passing generated expressions of grief over his loss and respect and appreciation of his life and legacy. Here are a few examples of those tributes, most of which were rendered in LEGO itself.
Golden Gallery of Heroes
Chrome Bricks, a BrickLink store in Germany, fashioned a tribute to Dan. The multi-platform gathering of minifig heroes showcased Chrome Bricks' penchant for metallic processing of LEGO bricks and was a fitting tribute to Dan and his legacy. Click image to enlarge.
Daniel Jezek Memorial Firehouse
At age 3, Dan completed his first LEGO MOC, a firetruck. It's fitting that the 3rd Battalion International Association of LEGO Fire Fighters (IALFF) named its Station 9, 231 Shady Ridge Road, in honor of Dan, soon after his death. On Oct. 29, 2010 the Engine 12, Tower Ladder 5 and Rescue 3 response team bestowed the honor. "Without Daniel's vision of an internet marketplace connecting Lego buyers with Lego sellers, the Lego Township Fire Department would not be in existence as it is today" read the citation.
Read more about them here, at the Daniel Jezek Memorial Fire House website.
Memorial MOCs of BrickLink pages
The Original BrickLink Home Page MOC was created by Eliska Jezkova as a tribute and memorial to her son, Dan. It incorporated Dan's own images and icons that he used to illustrate the website and its features. All the icons on BrickLink were in digital form and depicted actual LEGO pieces. However, a number of them only existed in Dan's artistic imagination and had to be created from scratch in actual LEGO. Eliska sought and received advice and assistance from LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. It went through many iterations of design before a completed version was ready. Click image to enlarge.
This was a transitional step in the evolution of a final MOC depicting the inside pages of BrickLink. It was remade many times over before it was completed.
A second MOC illustrates interior panels. Many are still on the website and others (discussion forum, problem center) were retired with the fielding of BrickLink 2.0. Along both sides of the MOC "page" are minifigs representing various ancillary features, such as search, featured, highlighted stores, etc. Click to enlarge.
Dan had a working folder filled with icons that were used on various inside, private, admin-only pages. Above are a representation of those icons in LEGO bricks. Interestingly, many of Dan's images were drawn from his love for castle themes. An example is still on the internet in the form of a 1997 published artful review (click here) of a new castle set #6067. He kept these on the inside pages and replaced them on the front page with themes drawn from nature. By the way, that one in the middle rear is a scene of the Admin minifig helping someone out of being stuck in a trash can. The apropos vignette was for the "problem" panel. Click image to enlarge.
A group of AFOLs gathers to sort thousands of bricks at a BrickLink conference in Holland. Some of the bricks found and identified were later used in memorial MOCs that honor Dan. A comment heard was that if it were not for Dan, "there would be nothing here to sort."