Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
Grandfather and granddaughter gardening (grandfather)     ‹ Back to portfolio
Gardening-grandpa LEGO art by Sean Kenney
34" x 43" x 65"        35,646 LEGO elements.        Completed March 29, 2015

Come visit! This sculpture is part of Nature Connects, my award-winning, record-breaking exhibit of LEGO sculptures, currently touring the U.S. and Canada, Read more and come visit!

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Building it

Grandpa is larger-than-life sized and contains 35,646 pieces.  He took over 335 hours to design and build by my assistants Jung Ah, Patti, and Evan. The sculpture is built around a custom-welded metal armature (including a cheat… the shovel is our exposed metal armature!) and every LEGO piece is glued in place, one by one.

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It took nearly 6 months for Evan and Patti to build two copies of Grandpa (670 hours!)

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Passers-by (above) watch our movers load him into the truck for shipment to our crating facility.  NYPD was curious but unalarmed.

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Model Builder Patti puts the finishing touches on while Designer Jung Ah admires a last-minute addition – the mustache!

 

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This sculpture will now spend the next 6 years traveling to Botanical Gardens and Arboretums around the world as part of my Nature Connects exhibit.  Check out the schedule and see if it’s visiting you soon!