Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
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Peacock LEGO art by Sean Kenney
81" x 36" x 62"        68,827 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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This sculpture is the second-largest I have ever created; it is nearly 7 feet wide and 5 feet tall, and contains 68,827 LEGO pieces.  It is also the most visually intricate sculpture I’ve ever created, and the most time-consuming to have ever designed.

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Building it

This sculpture is the second-largest and most visually intricate sculpture I have ever created.   It contains 68,827 LEGO pieces and took me over 625 hours to design and build.

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I built two copies of it at the same time, which amounted to about 1200 hours of work and 137,000 LEGO pieces over the course of five months!

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Other than the head and abdomen, the entire sculpture is only about 2 inches thick (as thin as half an inch in some places).  It’s supported by a hidden metal armature, which is custom-welded to incredibly precise dimensions so that it will fit perfectly in between the LEGO pieces (see below).  Every LEGO piece is glued one-by-one as the sculpture is built.

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I spent over one full day of work (8 hours) designing the head.  First I made a “blockier” head (below; head lying down) as a rough “sketch” to get the overall size and proportions to my liking.  Then, using lots of photos that I found online, I created a more detailed version to the same scale as the blocky “sketch”.

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After the sculpture was finished, it needed to head out of my Brooklyn studio and off to our crating facility to be fitted for a foam-lined custom traveling exhibition crate.   

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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!

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