Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
Pileated woodpecker     ‹ Back to portfolio
Pileated-woodpecker LEGO art by Sean Kenney
25" x 40" x 71"        22,617 LEGO elements.        Completed December 10, 2016

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A few years ago I made a smaller, life-sized sculpture of a Pileated Woodpecker, which was designed to hang on a real tree outside.  Unfortunately, it was too small (and often too high up) to be easily noticed outdoors, which made the sculpture less impressive than I’d hoped it could be.

I took the opportunity to make a new, larger version of this woodpecker.  This one is “double life-size” (about 30 inches tall), situated on a 6-foot-tall tree trunk.  It contains 22,671 LEGO pieces and took about 300 hours to design and build.

There’s even a tiny bug caught at the tip of its beak!

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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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The sculpture was designed and built by my assistants Natsuki (left) and Luis (right).

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