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