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About this creation
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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Comments

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  August 21, 2017
Wow!
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  June 28, 2016
Amazing!
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  August 27, 2015
Awesome job!! The colours look great!
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  May 17, 2015
Great build Sean :)
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  April 10, 2015
Truely a inspiring sculpture.
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  April 9, 2015
Excellent fascinating Work! The head is really very accurate! I guess for the fan, you had alltime to have the overview about the dimesion and the patterssize. Most welldone moc of an very beautifull animal!
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  April 9, 2015
One of the best masterpieces I have ever seen on MOC Pages. I bow to your brillance.
Sean Kenney
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Ontunua 13092002
  April 8, 2015
If there was a rate button that says 'OMG YOU ARE A FREAKING MASTERBUILDER' it woundn't measure what you have accomplished.
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  April 8, 2015
Wow! Stellar work! I really like the feathers!
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  April 8, 2015
Wow. Many things to like here! But; Why the two copies? -Where will the other one go? And; DOes it balance only on its two feet?
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  April 6, 2015
What a magnificent creation. A work of art.
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  April 6, 2015
WOW!
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  April 6, 2015
Stunning design! Interesting photos of the support structure too. Do you also 'bond' the metal to any abs? :)
Sean Kenney
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Matt Bace
  April 4, 2015
Wow! Great use of color.
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  April 4, 2015
Beautiful!
Sean Kenney
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Sphinx Rising
  April 3, 2015
Simply amazing! When I showed it to my son, he thought it was real.
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  April 2, 2015
wonderful!
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  April 2, 2015
A true work of art. Beautifully done Sean!
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  April 1, 2015
superb job!:D
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  April 1, 2015
Wow! That's absolutely amazing! Doesn't even look LEGO. Wow...
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  April 1, 2015
This is just incredible! Of course, I think only you could pull off something like this with all of those parts. Then again, some others could... Great to see something from you again!
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  April 1, 2015
True piece of art, as expected from you. A+
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  March 31, 2015
Wow.
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  March 30, 2015
Nice work on this one Sean!
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  March 30, 2015
Awesome! I bet you were proud as a...oh, wait...
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  March 30, 2015
Amazing Sean!.:)
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  March 30, 2015
Incredible.
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  March 30, 2015
Wow!!! Excellent job!!! I would love to build like that someday!!!
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  March 30, 2015
Wow! Dude, that is Amazing! Incredible!
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  March 30, 2015
This is amazing! Itīs unbelieveable what you can build with lego bricks!
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  March 30, 2015
It's an absolute masterpiece, well done!
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  March 30, 2015
great!
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  March 30, 2015
WOW that is amazing! you never cease to amaze us all!
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  March 30, 2015
Beautiful work, Sean! It's amazing and educational to look at your creations. Thank you too for your involvement in the article written for Popular Mechanics; it was fantastic to get that behind-the-scenes look at your work and that of many others. Great job!
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  March 30, 2015
Magnificient!
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  March 30, 2015
What a beautiful sculpture...*spots Lego studs* Wert. This is just incredible. Incredibly incredible, in fact.
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  March 30, 2015
Thatīs amazing!!! I especially like the eyes, the colours and the fact that this is a life size creation!
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  March 30, 2015
This is LEGO!? Wait, what? Incredibly, stunningly beautiful.
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  March 30, 2015
Another great work of Lego "Sean" creationism! Sean, you just have a way with the brick! Are any of the newly created parts and added colors by Lego going to be of interest to you in future building? I have mainly been interested in the Speed Champions parts but that is only because I build small scale stuff. It is interesting to be at the beginning of the comments and likes for one of your creations.
  March 30, 2015
Wow! This looks like the real deal! I know you might be busy and stuff, but I would like for you to join my awards group to help out with stuff. I got Chris Phipson to join, and I would love it if you did, too. Thanks! P.S Check it out first and see for yourself it's worthwhile.
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  March 30, 2015
Stunning. Yes this is impressive because of its scale but for me it's the thought and visualisation needed before even starting this build, that is so impressive. I love how this works from all angles and not just the front.
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  March 30, 2015
Wow! That's beautiful! Well done!
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  March 30, 2015
Haz instukshunz plz! XD Wow, stunning beyond stunning. Thank you for the shot of the aluminum frame, BTW nice welds there. I love seeing that as much as the finished work of art. Beautiful!
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  March 30, 2015
Awesome! Great sculpturing.
 
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