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New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

The New York Stock Exchange commissioned me to build a 3-foot-tall sculpture of their famous building on Wall Street. The completed sculpture contains over 14,500 LEGO pieces and is on display inside the real building.

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

Here's a close up of the 2-brick tall lettering that I often use. (I've been fortunate never to have to build a "K" before, which does not fit well into this style... I designed a new "K" here, which isn't perfect but does the job.)

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

The real building, which is over 100 years old, was built in the "neoclassical" style of architecture, made to resemble old Greek and Roman architecture from thousands of years ago. The fresco atop the columns contains 9 larger-than-life figures, which took me three full days just to build with LEGO bricks! It was fun to replicate the figures' dramatic poses with cartoon-like exaggeration.

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street

I used to live just a few blocks away from the NSYE building on Wall Street! It was a pleasure to build a sculpture of this building which is not only such an icon of New York, but also one of my old neighbors.

New York Stock Exchange, LEGO brick, artist Sean Kenney, building, manhattan, wall street



How'd he do that?
Here's a sneak-peak at how I created one of the super-detailed sections. This is the top of one of the pillars, which is called a "capital". In this case, likely a capitalist capital. This little 2-inch chunk uses nearly 80 pieces alone!

Build your own capital with LEGO bricks



Comments

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  March 14, 2010
amazing details :O, this building remembers me the most on Rage Against The Machine ( Sleep now in the Fire ) music video =D, with protesters and cops around them, while they play on the statue xD
  December 27, 2009
Superb... Like the attention to detail!
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  November 18, 2009
Cool! Nice column style!
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  November 8, 2009
Dued to the fall of the economy, the rest of the Stock exchange building collapsed. LOL. Nah, beautiful job, it's the lego architecture like this that puts you too the type of challenge with the best results.
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  November 1, 2009
you sould make a big city with yankee and ohter thing you have built. good job
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  November 1, 2009
you sould make a big city with yankee and ohter thing you have built. good job
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  October 22, 2009
You trully are a Brickgod or something. I love the detail you put in there, and it's quite obvious that you take pride in LEGO brick building.
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  October 22, 2009
Wow, that's some really nice work there. And all the details. I'm stunned!
Sean Kenney
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Patrick Leon
  October 20, 2009
shaun, u r truly the master
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  October 18, 2009
awesome! it would be even cooler if was a full building
  October 18, 2009
how in the world do you think of making all those pieces just to make the top of a pillar! Very well done!!!
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  October 17, 2009
amazing, absaluatly amazing! great tescture and great build.
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  October 17, 2009
THIS IS THE WORK OF A TRUE PROFESSIONAL!
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  October 16, 2009
Those pillars are just too darn awesome!
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  October 16, 2009
Those pillars are just too darn awesome!
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  October 15, 2009
I just stumbled across this build and I'm glad I did!! It really is a beautiful build. The detail is amazing! Great work!
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  October 14, 2009
beautiful! Stock exchange building has never looked so tempting!
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  October 13, 2009
I saw this in the "most popular" section and I was like "Who's this guy?" Then i saw it was YOU, and now I feel stupid! Wow! That's all I have to say:)
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  October 13, 2009
Amazing. Just Amazing.
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  October 12, 2009
wow incredible. period.
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  October 12, 2009
It is about time that someone cares about the economy. Good job!
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  October 12, 2009
Very nice work there. I like the columns (and the fact that they're twisted) and the little balconies (they are balconies, right?) best.
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  October 10, 2009
I really want to start a petition to raise the rating bar. This is just spectacular!
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  October 10, 2009
Cool! very detailed! and I wrote something in mocpages help I need you to look at asap. thanks.
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  October 10, 2009
Quoting Spencer R. Awesome! Nice documentation. I'll just pretend I didn't see the illegal connection in step #5!
Nothing illegal in step 5! It's a 5x5 chunk set atop a 3x3 chunk. That said, Step 4 is technically illegal by TLG product design standards. (Technic holes are a fraction of a millimeter higher than those side-studs.)
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  October 9, 2009
Awesome! Nice documentation. I'll just pretend I didn't see the illegal connection in step #5!
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  October 9, 2009
AMAZING SEAN!
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  October 8, 2009
Another beautiful build. Great job!
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  October 7, 2009
Perfect work!! you are the best!!!
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  October 7, 2009
Man you're good! All those details, that really is excellent..
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  October 7, 2009
WOW thats amazing!
Sean Kenney
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Dave Sterling
  October 6, 2009
Great work Sean. And thanks for the 'reveal' on the pillar design. That is really stellar! Once again you have created something that just leaves me in awe. Now you just need to add some cops leading the crooks that work on Wall Street out of the exchange in shackles. ;-)
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  October 6, 2009
holy this is amazing!!!
  October 6, 2009
insane! absolutely stunning! amazing unbelievable undescribable! holy cow - wow!
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  October 6, 2009
Most impressive! Love those pillars.
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  October 6, 2009
O_o Whoa, it's amazing! How you've managed to fit so many details in is incredible, and the capitals are GENIUS! 5/5! :)
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  October 6, 2009
Wow! You ACTUALLY used slopes in this one. Nice MOC, Sean! I'm especially impressed with the figures and... Whatever you call the house version of greebling. Good day
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  October 6, 2009
Definitely a wow there... wow.
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  October 6, 2009
dang...
Sean Kenney
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Master Builder
  October 5, 2009
Amazing moc pages needs more people who put this much time in there work.
Sean Kenney
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Brad Jasko
  October 5, 2009
Very accurate. Awesome detailing too.The whole thing is fantastic.
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  October 5, 2009
Nice job Sean.
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  October 5, 2009
This is a masterpiece yet again from you! I LOVE IT! It's weird though. You post more than me :) !!!!!
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  October 5, 2009
This is so detailed.GREAT WORK!!!!!
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  October 5, 2009
This is so detailed.GREAT WORK!!!!!
  October 5, 2009
I think that this sculpture resides in the "Sean's best" category. Originally the unique columns brought my attention here. I've seen and experimented with a lot of types of columns and this is the most masterful design I've seen so far. The Corinthian style capitals would be a pain and much harder that the simple Doric style that is seen mostly in Lego, due to the squareness of the capitals. The use of this capital makes your structure challenging and great in appearance.The sculptured filled pediment is also a very nice touch and was executed flawlessly. Overall, the pediment and capitals "upper columns to top of the triangular piece" were the highlight of this MOC. I've never seen this style represented before, especially in this way. I think that it's these styles are the fine line that separate a master builder from an apprentice. I'm speechless, Sean. -Dylan
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  October 5, 2009
I like this MOC a lot. I visited the stock exchange two years ago. You captured the front facade realy well. For my library MOC I used some different techniques for the top triangle, but what you've done looks great as well. Ofcourse your scale is slightly larger than mine. Nice solution on the K, I had some difficulty with the R and I see you've used a similar solution for that letter as well. All in all thumbs up. Kind regards, Teddy
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  October 5, 2009
Brilliant! What would we expect from the master!? Great techniques at the top of the column, great work all around.
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  October 5, 2009
genius
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  October 5, 2009
astounding Sean, this is truly a work of genious, especially those pillars! ~T
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  October 5, 2009
Sean, you are such a Lego doric. Ha ha!
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  October 5, 2009
now i know how to build a pillar, and knowing is half the battle! ... =)
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  October 5, 2009
nice moc I really like the pillars
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  October 5, 2009
You have captured this famous monument to capitalism very well. I especially like the fine corinthian capitals which are part of the most difficult of the classical orders to recreate in LEGO.
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  October 5, 2009
Woah! Nice! Another great build from you and another great one. Amazing recreation. Great job, well done.
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  October 5, 2009
Woah, that's huge! And really great too!
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  October 5, 2009
Outstanding work Sean!
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  October 5, 2009
Now THAT´S a nice MOC! Extremely interessting and inspiring! Thanks for the close-ups of the details and the how-tos! I would like to see something more with the windows and glassing, and the "small" door on the left side... ;-)
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  October 5, 2009
This is amzing, exactly what I would come to expect from you!
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  October 5, 2009
Nice work Sean. The only thing missing is the iconic American flag. Great job on the statues at the top!
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  October 5, 2009
Great architectural design!!! And accurate too!
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  October 5, 2009
Great Job! PS Thanks for creating MOCpages. That is probably the most detailed building I've ever seen in my life. 1,000,000/1,000,000 lol Its better than 5/5
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  October 5, 2009
Awesome! This is so cool and true to the real facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The detail is unbelievable like in the pillars or the sculptures at the top. Thank you for the instructions on the pillars, but I don't think I have anytime to use those yet. Awesome piece. Keep building! -Anthony
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  October 5, 2009
Magnificent structure from the tops of the pillars to the figures in front! This is a work of architechural art!
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  October 5, 2009
Awesome! Stunning!
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  October 5, 2009
Wow ! Words can't describe how wonderful this moc is.
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  October 5, 2009
At first glance, I thought, "That can't be LEGOŽ". But it is! Fantastic!
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  October 5, 2009
Sean, this is awesome. The frieze looks amazing and I love the combo of Miniland and Mini-figure scale. The behind-the-scenes instructions are the icing on the cake. Nice work.
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  October 5, 2009
OMIGAWD THAT IS SOOOO COOL!
 
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