This 7.25 foot (2.2 meter) tall scale model of The Eiffel Tower contains 67,470 LEGO pieces, and took two months to design and build. You can see the sculpture in person every Bastille Day at Brookfield Place, located in New York City's World Financial Center.
Looking down from the first pavilion
Looking directly up from the center at ground level
The first pavilion has buildings, some of which are two stories tall inside. The structural masts, behind the "X" beam patterns have little elevator cars at various heights.
The second pavilion has two levels connected by yellow spiral staircases. The elevator's bright red and bright yellow flywheels are located behind the "X" patterns on the main masts. (Click to enlarge for a better view)
The observation deck has all kinds of cool cell transmitters, radio towers, radar dishes and other modern encrustations.
Down on the ground, a flurry of visitors await entry while tour buses line up at the East Tower and a pedicab waits by the crosswalk.
It's a long wait to go up. While you're here, enjoy the view from below!
The long wait...
And of course, there's a mime.
Folks line up for snacks at the refreshment kiosks (left). And look! It's the Blue Man Group! (right)
America's favorite family, The Simpsons, have made it to Paris.
Building so many diagonal shapes is tricky with LEGO pieces, but it's even harder when the whole thing needs to be hollow. It was important to me for you to be able to see straight through the tower, the way you can in real life.
The model took two months to design and build together with my assistants Evan and Natsuki. I spent the first two weeks shaking my fist in the air yelling "GUSTAV!" (convinced that Gustav Eiffel was a crazy lunatic) and the last two weeks shaking my head convinced he was a crazy genius.
LEGO pieces are good at building straight lines, but there is not a straight line anywhere in this structure. The "X" patterns and beams and struts all sit on angles and diagonals, which is very complicated to do with LEGO pieces. I built a lot of prototypes, drew a lot of drawings, and worked from a lot of photographs until I finally had a plan.
The drawing at the bottom of this photo (above) was our main diagram for computing the dimensions of each section of the tower. I realized early on that there were a lot of recurring patterns in the shape of the tower, so I could build a prototype of each section, mark it on the drawing, and then have my assistants build the final multiple glued copes of each prototype (below).
Evan and Natsuki discuss mathy dimensions.
Natsuki and I discuss the details of some of the ornamentation, unaware that a Polar Bear and a Snow Leopard are sneaking up to eat us.
Crazy LEGO math makes me laugh! Ha Ha Ha!
I love that you can see the light through the lattice work!
I've been on MP for about 6 months now, but this is the first time I have actually seen its creators profile. I finally found you- yes! --- This is amazing! Just showed it to my friends. Great Build, No question about that.
I can't believe I didn't see this yet! Also I just want to say, thank you for all the time and effort you put into MOCpages, and even thoughemails, the search bar and log in are down, this site is still the best Lego site out there.
Mostly impressive!! A master piece (yet, another of yours!). I regret you did not make camera for all the asiatic tourists you represented... lol. Your tower is absolutly beautiful. A Frenchy mean it!!
Thanks for sharing this nice MOC for the french national day. It's also my birthday so I just wonder if you would accept to send it to me as a present ;-)
Perfect scale for this tower however and very detailled ! Bravo !
Now that's epic! I guess i never really knew the true size of the Eiffel Tower, but this build really brings that home. Even in this scale it's taller than most people! Lots of cool details too, like The Simpsons visiting, those various shops and the restaurant, the cars and busses and the very accurate looking tower itself. Very brilliant work by you and your assistants sir :-) Oh, a nice little peek at the snow leopard and polar bear too, at first i thought they were stuffed toy animals :-D
Another great work of Lego "Sean Kenney" creationism! Sean you have done it again, and again, and again, did I say again again?, taking a little bitty Lego piece, adding it to another little bitty Lego piece, and not stopping until all of them little bitty Lego pieces make a creation that towers over your head! I am now 65 so it takes me longer to get my point across! LOL About the snacks, how big would they be if your creation used actual minifigures and the scale they are now would be increased accordingly? Then if you consider that a minifigure would represent a human from 5 to 6 feet tall, are we looking at a 10 to 12 foot pizza! Like maybe a 6" stuffed pizza over 10 feet in diameter, A cup the size of maybe a 55 gallon drum, let alone a croissant that is like the size of a human?
WOW amazing job Sean! You made a lot of details, you had to spent a lot of time building this tower but it paied of! It´s excellent!
I like it
July 11, 2015
Wow! Very impressive. Not only does it look great, especially with all of the micro-people, but I'm impressed even that it stands at all, given its fairly "light" lattice structure.
I like it
Lego Jim ...
July 11, 2015
Wow Sean. Your microscale is outstanding. Not only did you make the tower but you made about a gazillion people too. This is really amazing work. I love building microscale, it's my favorite thing. Will this be on display somewhere?
Spectacular build Sean! Good to see a new upload from you, it's been awhile. Love the intricate design, you really captured the look of the Eiffel Tower well. Also, thanks for the quick fix on the timestamp, hopefully the activity bar isn't too hard to fix either. All the time you put into the site is much appreciated, this is still the best LEGO site out there.