This is a formidable entry, probably my favourite out of all of them. It uses simple details to display the personality and history of the portrayed character without being overtly referential or meticulous to the point of pure fanservice.
First of all, the two visible hammers, the one included in the MOC and the smaller, practical one emphasize the duality of Artakha’s role in the universe. First of all, he’s a mythological, divine figure, as shown by his personal hammer which is impressively immense, but probably too enormous to be used as a tool. Right now, Artakha is keeping it behind his back and focusing on the smaller one; we are not seeing him as a god but as a craftsman and taking a closer, more secluded look at this legendary being.
The somber, visceral atmosphere also augments this emotion. The Nuva Cube Artakha seems to be scrutinizing, perhaps having just finished its construction, can be seen as a symbol for all of his endeavors. The bifurcated colors of the background seem very meaningful: the gold, also the shade of the mask Artakha won in the duel with his brother, can be thought of as the representation of his current state and occupation in the universe. The green, on the other hand, seems to refer to either his past, being the main color of both of the brothers – or perhaps just Karzahni, who is strongly associated with the color.
This tension between Artakha’s status as a deified, masterfully powerful entity and the artwork’s references to his past and the life he might have lived if things had ended up differently expresses an interesting story. How does Artakha feel, crafting all of his wonderful creations? Is it solitary work – does he feel lonesome, does he miss his brother? Does he even fathom the cosmic significance his creations will come to serve?
In my opinion, in this regard, this artwork stands above the competition – it not only exhibits the character in a setting that is natural for him but also incorporates lots of details that portray a compelling narrative. This entry genuinely represents Artakha’s character and role in the surprisingly deep BIONICLE storyline.