Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
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Ladybug-ladybird LEGO art by Sean Kenney
36" x 45" x 60"        30,963 LEGO elements.        Completed December 10, 2016

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There are not a lot of insects that could be enlarged to a size like this and still look adorable.  I love seeing ladybugs in nature — they are cute and their red spotted body makes me smile.

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This giant ladybug sculpture is over 5 feet tall and  contains 30,963 LEGO pieces.

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Like spiders, Ladybugs are good insects to have around because they eat other bugs.  We decided to make this ladybug crawling on a blade of grass that was infested with aphids.

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

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I am particularly happy with the weightlessness achieved by the slender, tapered grass blades.   The sculpture actually weighs over 200 pounds (90kg) !

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Building it

The sculpture is over 5 feet tall and contains 37,156 LEGO pieces.

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It was super tricky to design and build the aphids that are wedged tightly in between the blades of grass.  Luis (below) created many cross-sections of the plant and tiny little aphid faces.

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In all, the sculpture took over 400 hours to design and build by my assistants Luis (left) and Geoffrey (right).

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