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Eiffel Tower
About this creation
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.

 

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Looking down from the first pavilion

 

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Looking directly up from the center at ground level

 

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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.

 

 

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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)

 

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The observation deck has all kinds of cool cell transmitters, radio towers, radar dishes and other modern encrustations.

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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.

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It's a long wait to go up.  While you're here, enjoy the view from below!

 

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Parisian police

 

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Pedicab

 

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The long wait...

 

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And of course, there's a mime.

 

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Folks line up for snacks at the refreshment kiosks (left).  And look!  It's the Blue Man Group! (right)

 

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America's favorite family, The Simpsons, have made it to Paris.

 

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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.

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Building it

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.

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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.

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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).

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Evan and Natsuki discuss mathy dimensions.

 

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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.

 

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Crazy LEGO math makes me laugh!  Ha Ha Ha!

 

 

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I love that you can see the light through the lattice work!

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Comments

 I like it 
  May 2, 2017
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.
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  November 7, 2016
Excellent work! Btw, I'm I huge fan. My little brother reads your books! XD
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  September 6, 2016
How did I miss this? Well dang. That's a LEGO.
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  April 21, 2016
WOW....just....WOW.....
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  March 20, 2016
Two months to build it. Geez, what took so long. Just kiddin. This thing is just awesome. I love all the little people under it. It's these little detais that make your creations so much fun.
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  January 5, 2016
Excellent, Sean. Great to see some of your work on the site.
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  January 5, 2016
MOTD already! Congratulations on a well deserved MOTD!
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  January 5, 2016
Congrats on a very well deserved MOTD. You have shown once again Sensei Kenney why you are a true LEGO master craftsman of original LEGO masterpieces. BOAJEWD.
  January 5, 2016
Congrats on MotD!
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  January 5, 2016
a well deserved MOTD ;-) again - a really cool and beautiful model ;-)
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  January 5, 2016
A truly remarkable set!
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  January 5, 2016
I just saw this MOC last week, and next thing you know it's MOTD!
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  January 5, 2016
This is just great, another awesome moc. I really like all of the little details sprinkled in like the Simpsons, the mime, and the blue man group. Very awesome indeed. :-)
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  January 5, 2016
Amazing MOTD!
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  January 5, 2016
Congrats on MOTD!
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  November 17, 2015
#PrayForParis
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  September 1, 2015
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.
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  August 13, 2015
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!!
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  July 22, 2015
This is incredible! Not just the scale, but the design! It looks perfect.
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  July 22, 2015
Amazing
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  July 21, 2015
Someday I want to work for you as a lego builder. I hope you'll put up with my clumsiness!
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  July 21, 2015
*gasp* xO!!
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  July 19, 2015
Wow cool replica it looks like the real thing how did this get over 6000 views in one week
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  July 17, 2015
Fantastic! Or should that be 'fantastique'? Either way I love it. Instantly recognisable and the little details really capture the feel of busy Paris.
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  July 16, 2015
Wow, simply... wow.
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  July 16, 2015
Wow. This is absolutely insane. I am floored by all the details and angles that you have achieved! I can't imagine what a minifigure scale version would look like. O.O
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  July 15, 2015
Very accurate! Well done.
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  July 15, 2015
Very cool; impressive scale. Well done!
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  July 14, 2015
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 !
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  July 14, 2015
The amount of work that has been put into this has resulted in the great creation of this. It's extremely awesome!
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  July 14, 2015
Wow! Wow! Wow! Another superbly awesome job from you! Gustav will be very happy to see this! Very very well done!
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  July 14, 2015
I want your life.
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  July 14, 2015
and the results are in: LEGO 1 Meccano 0. LEGO wins the Eifel tower cup.
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  July 14, 2015
Voilą une belle tour!
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  July 13, 2015
Just wow... youre amazing
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  July 13, 2015
Love it!
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  July 13, 2015
WOW!!! Amazing!!
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  July 13, 2015
Simply great.
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  July 13, 2015
Absolutely splendid work! The details are spot-on.
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  July 13, 2015
Wow! Amazing work!
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  July 13, 2015
Not much to say, except wow.
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  July 12, 2015
Wow, that's huge! Amazing work, Mr. Kenney.
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  July 12, 2015
Incredible!
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  July 12, 2015
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
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  July 12, 2015
Awesome detailing, Sean! 5/5 isn't enough, this is infinity / infinity!
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  July 12, 2015
Impressive build. Like it!
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  July 12, 2015
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?
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  July 12, 2015
Wow... That is impressive, just like everything else you create! The level of detail is awesome! Definitely something to be proud of, I reckon.
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  July 12, 2015
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!
Sean Kenney
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Matt Bace
  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.
Sean Kenney
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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?
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  July 11, 2015
Amazing! Very realistic, and it brings back memories.
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  July 11, 2015
Wow Sean, you totally are one of the best builders there ever was for legos! 20/5! =)
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  July 11, 2015
amazing!:D
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  July 11, 2015
Amazing! Very detailed and super tall! I love it! =D
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  July 11, 2015
Amazing! I am just watched a video on YT with the Eiffel Tower in it. Awesome job man!
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  July 11, 2015
This is a great model. The engineering and detail are amazing. My daughter is at the real Tower today, so it's really ironic that you should post this today.
  July 11, 2015
Next challenge: minifig scale!
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  July 11, 2015
Fantastic work! You got the tower spot on!
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  July 11, 2015
Wow Sean! Brilliant work! You hit it spot on with the detail and shape! I have to say, I think this is your best work :D ~ Mate
  July 11, 2015
Hey Sean, great to see ya again! This is a fantastic tower, the detail is insane, and the height is sick! I can't imagine how exited you are after you finish these architectures!?:D
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  July 11, 2015
AWESOME SAUCE!!! Super cool! :D
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  July 11, 2015
Well, this is spectacular! Beautiful! Have you ever considered it making on lego-figure scale?
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  July 11, 2015
Quoting Lego Jim ... Will this be on display somewhere?
THANKS! Yes, it will be on display at the Bastille Day NYC celebration, located at the World Financial Center in lower Manhattan, 11am to 6pm this Sunday 12-July 2015.
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  July 11, 2015
*Whistles* Wow! This is truly a masterpiece! There just aren't enough words in the English language to describe this. . . Truly astounding work, Sean!
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  July 11, 2015
Wow!!! Amazing build! It reminds me of when I was there!
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  July 11, 2015
superb!!!
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  July 11, 2015
Really cool... but where are the micro 4th Doctor and Romana? ;)
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  July 11, 2015
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.
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  July 11, 2015
Excellent, you are a genius!!
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  July 11, 2015
Amazing!
 
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