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Polar Bear
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These sculptures are on display at The Philadelphia Zoo from April 10, 2010 to October 31, 2010. Visitor information.


LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

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.

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat


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.

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat


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:

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat


The sculpture was photographed by the great John Barrett:

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat


The whole team with the completed sculpture:

LEGO sculpture Sean Kenney polar bear polarbear arctic animal philadephila philly zoo creatures of habitat

More from this exhibit:

LEGO brick sculptures, artist Sean Kenney.  Creatures of Habitat at The Philadelphia Zoo: LEGO sculptures of endangered species, only at the Philly Zoo.





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 I like it 
  May 28, 2014
I have statue almost exactly the same
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  July 31, 2012
Wow! That is amazing! It is so big!
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  June 16, 2012
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?
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  April 29, 2012
I was there. Anyway great creation!!!
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  March 26, 2012
ok your creations are the best
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  March 13, 2012
Oh wow....this is amazing! How many pieces were in this?
Sean Kenney
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james shervheim
  March 2, 2012
wow that is amazing. very nice detail.
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  February 19, 2012
Wow! It looks huge and fabulous. Also, this picture: http://www.seankenney.com/portfolio/polar_bear/large/w3.jpg made me laugh :)
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  February 16, 2012
Stunningly beautiful. Congratulations to you and your team on an excellent sculpture.
  September 2, 2011
awesome sauce.
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  May 17, 2011
wwwww i am gonna pass out *hits the floor with a thud* http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/269365
  May 16, 2011
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: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/269319 enjoy! 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!
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  May 16, 2011
And to get to see most of his work in the documentary visit Sean's Portfolio at: http://www.seankenney.com/portfolio/ enjoy!
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  May 16, 2011
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)
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  April 8, 2011
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! :)
Sean Kenney
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Yoshi the killler
  December 31, 2010
It's sooooo cute!!!!! There is something about those eyes.....
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  December 28, 2010
WOW!!!!! I saw this lego creation in my amazing facts book. You and your creations took up a whole page. (and the pages in this book are big).
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  December 25, 2010
This is now at King of Prussia Mall. One of the chin bricks, a 2X6 white brick, has been burned a bit, and I was wondering if this was vandalism.
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  November 26, 2010
awesome just like in ur book
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  July 14, 2010
one of ur best!
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  June 23, 2010
WOAH awesome sculpture ! bravo great job. very realist :D
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  June 18, 2010
I'm coming to see this and your other creations this summer! Hopefuly I can come on the 26th and 27th of June when You will be there!
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  June 17, 2010
I was just saw this at the philedelphia zoo it is even better in real ilfe.
Sean Kenney
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Reid Seghers
  June 13, 2010
wow this is awesome dude! i didnt know this wa possible in lego its so cute!
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  April 18, 2010
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.
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  April 18, 2010
wooooaaaah... coooollll.....
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  April 16, 2010
The polar bear is my favorite animal!
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  April 16, 2010
very very good lego piece i love it looks so real the pieces look like fur.
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  April 15, 2010
That's just awesome !
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  April 15, 2010
WHOA!!! as usual! First polar bear on a piece of ice that I've seen on here without the accompanying debate on global warming...
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  April 15, 2010
Woah. Awesome. Is this a full size?
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  April 15, 2010
In one word-AMAZING!
Sean Kenney
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Tristan Amaya
  April 14, 2010
Great It sure took a while but it IS a masterpiece
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  April 14, 2010
Being plastic and nonbiodegradable, this guy could conceivably still be around after the real ones have gone extinct. Sad.
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  April 13, 2010
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
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  April 13, 2010
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  April 13, 2010
Very very very pretty !! The organic looks of this bear are abesolutely stunning 8-)
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  April 13, 2010
Wow thats a big bear! But I dont believe in global warming, especially after Lord Moncton destroyed Al Gore's cherry picked science. Polar bears are doing fine :)
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  April 13, 2010
A-MAZ-ING!It is really great looking.Go Polar Bears
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  April 12, 2010
Great build! I like the expression. And congradulations, your work made it to Yahoo.com, they featured a link to the following page as a news story: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/04/lego-artisan-creates-endangered-species-for-zoo.php Like I said, congrats! =)
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  April 12, 2010
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.
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  April 12, 2010
this is amazing and i have visited your website everything on there is amazing you really should join the MOCpages truckshow
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  April 12, 2010
Quoting Spencer R. Awesome. Is it glued?
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.
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  April 11, 2010
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!
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  April 11, 2010
Great! Now people are using Lego for environmental health and for animal rights! I'm very impressed by this!
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  April 11, 2010
This is a beautiful work of art.
Sean Kenney
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Char Bioshift
  April 10, 2010
WOW! This must have taken a really long time. It's like a 10/5. It also speaks a message about global Warming.
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  April 10, 2010
Just amazing, how long you build that? O_O
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  April 10, 2010
Just amazing, how long you build that? O_O
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  April 10, 2010
EPIC, I live near Phile and am going to see this soon
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  April 10, 2010
I don't know how you do it, but you do. Absolutely amazing, which is to be expected from a model builder of your stacher.
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  April 10, 2010
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?
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  April 9, 2010
A masterpiece! 5/5
Sean Kenney
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Tilen Kuzma
  April 8, 2010
SOO COOL!!!
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  April 8, 2010
duuude. thatès freakinè sick man!! 5 stars, no 10 stars!
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  April 8, 2010
super creation ..very cooooolllll
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  April 7, 2010
WWOOOWWW!!!!! i have never seen such a good lego sculpture and ive definetly never seen a polar bear. 5/5 plz check out and rate my mocs. :)
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  April 6, 2010
wow hehehe I'd like to say some thing more but i belive that everything is already said hehehehe I dont belive that you'll find a lower rate than exelent hahaha wow wow heheh its an art piece!!!
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  April 6, 2010
Beutiful!! I watched you and your bear on TV in Japanese.
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  April 6, 2010
Excellent!
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  April 6, 2010
Very cool I remember watching the video on this. Turned out great.
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  April 6, 2010
I must say I like this creation. approximatily how many bricks did you use for this creation ?
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  April 6, 2010
WOW! I'm utterly speechless!
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  April 6, 2010
WOW! I'm utterly speachless!
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  April 6, 2010
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
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  April 6, 2010
yeah, i live close to there and i saw that when i went recently ago it looks awesome
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  April 6, 2010
AWESOME! Very impressive sculpture... :-O
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  April 6, 2010
He is so beautiful, his expression just breaks my heart.
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  April 6, 2010
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.
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  April 5, 2010
WOW!!!
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  April 5, 2010
How. Now that's one impressive sculpture! The kids visiting that zoo are some lucky folks, being able to view your work on display, and all...
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  April 5, 2010
Wow. Amazing collection all of them (the animals). -And really beautiful stuff too!
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  April 5, 2010
Fantastic!
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  April 5, 2010
There's my girl! I absolutely love this. Its eyes and expression really take you in. Well done indeed!
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  April 5, 2010
amazing! i remember this from "a documentary about sean kenney"!
 
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