These sculptures are on display at The Philadelphia Zoo from April 10, 2010 to October 31, 2010. Visitor information.
This sculpture is the largest and most visually complex sculpture I have made to date. It contains over 95,000 LEGO pieces and took over 1100 hours to construct together with 5 of my assistants. Watch a video of Sean building the polar bear (30 minutes).
I spent 2 full days just creating the facial expression. I wanted to make sure the bear didn't look too cartoonish, but also that his expression could be readable the way we read human expressions. Since he is stuck on an ice floe and his species is endangered, I wanted him to look a little frustrated, a little sad, a little confused, and overall concerned about the prediciment he is in.
Here are some photos as we installed it at The Philadelphia Zoo. The lake was eventually filled so that the bear looks like it is really floating on the ice floe.
Building the polar bear
The sculpture took over 1100 hours to construct... in less than 2 months! Here are some photos of me and my assistants Hokuto, Jung Ah, Romi, Brian, and Geoffrey working on the bear:
OK that is awesome indeed. Tons of bricks that makes it have a curved and soft lines. COOL!
It is only sad that you will need to glue your precious Legos. Where did you get all those bricks? Does the Lego team send you the bricks?
And to see Mr. Kenney up close and personal come see the pictures I took at his LONG ISLAND CITY Exhibit this Saturday, May 14, 2011. At my mocpages:
It was both an honor and pleasure to meet Sean and his family and see his work.
Sean is a true gentleman, soft spoken and very humble.
They do not make them like that anymore!
To see this and more follow this link to see a YOU TUBE documentary about Mr. Kenney (found ironically right here on Sean's mocpages!): http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/180299
You'll be amazed just how Sean works and be able to see the INSIDE of the polar bear!
Love blue duplo bricks? (hint, hint)
Sean, this is amazing! I wish I had as many bricks as you sometimes, but other times, part of the fun is using what you have to make cool things! I really love all of your creations, and this on this one is my favorite! Keep building! :)
I like it
Yoshi the killler
December 31, 2010
It's sooooo cute!!!!! There is something about those eyes.....
The whole texture and effort put into this is just incredibly astonishing. I'd really like to rate this higher than `excellent´. One of the most amazing sculptures (including non Lego stuff) I've seen.
1100 hours in two months. That's something like 18 hours a day, right? Fantastic work all-around, Sean. My favorite feature is the facial expression on the bear as well as the pose. Great job on the whole display. -Dylan
The artistry as well as the effort involved are both very impressive! What kind of glue do you use? I've been looking for 'Oateys All Purpose Cement' as that was the recommendation I saw on a website awhile back.
It is certainly glued! It's so huge and heavy (at least 300 pounds) that I wouldn't dare move it around otherwise. :) You can see in some of the photos above that I also have a steel frame inside just in case, as well. I didn't create a miniature for this one, but I did spend a great deal of time figuring out the design before building & gluing the final sculpture.
Hmmm, the 1x1 stud MOTD gets 3 times as many comments as this in one sixth the time. I smell some changes coming to mocpages! Anyway, truly amazing work! People don't apprectaite the time and effort it takes to build such epic moc's. You truly are the master!
Awesome. Is it glued? When we built our lifesize Tony the Tiger sculpture we used a 1/3 scale model for reference in locating key features. We would never have made our deadline if we had to iterate elements of the design on the full size model. Were any smaller models used to guide this or was it done completely freestyle?
I can't imagine how long it took you and your team to build this, this is just a work of pure genius. You and your team did an excellent job on the facial expression, he looks confused and sad and frustrated at the same time. The zoo is very lucky to be able to have that. ~Waff
First off, I love the little 'having trouble?' message that you have put in the commenting menu. I found that funny. Other than that, I totally envy your white collection, and your skills with the ABS. Incredible.