Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
Javits Center miniatures     ‹ Back to portfolio
Javits-center-miniatures LEGO art by Sean Kenney
9"        364 LEGO elements.        Completed December 28, 2016

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In 2015 I had created a giant model of the Javits Center that is on public display inside the real building.  Now, to commemorate an expansion of the facility, I created this miniature model that was given out as executive gifts at their groundbreaking ceremony.

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The 364-piece model was packaged as a build-it-yourself kit with a booklet of building instructions and information about the architecture of the real Javits Center and Jacob Javits himself.

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Designing it

Designing the model was a very iterative process.  It is one thing to simply design a model; it’s another thing altogether to design a model that someone else will have to build, and will enjoy building, and that can be handled and moved around without breaking.

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I created many, many copies of the building in order to get the building experience just-right.  Then I had to deconstruct the model piece-by-piece and begin the process of documenting it and creating building instructions.

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Together with my assistants Jisun and David, we created building instructions and custom packaging over the course of 2 months, and then my staff and I manually collated the parts together into bags and into boxes.

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The 40-page booklet was hand-illustrated and tested numerous times to make sure that it could be built by big kids that haven’t done this in a while. ;)

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