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.
It took nearly 6 months for Evan and Patti to build two copies of Grandpa (670 hours!)
Passers-by (above) watch our movers load him into the truck for shipment to our crating facility. NYPD was curious but unalarmed.
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!