My second attempt at this submit, previously I managed to mess this up by putting it into the wrong catagory. Thankfully the deadline was pushed back and I was able to enter this!
The concept came to me fairly early on... but the actual building of this went through TONS of stages before getting to this point. Check my gallery and you can see the WIP image which shows all the different stages of development.
The idea is that the planet has been sliced open for it's 20,000 billion year service, it's core being replaced by the creator gods/aliens who are able to do the entire operation without disturbing the planet's occupants.