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Wärtsilä engine
About this creation
This big blue industrial looking thingy is actually a gigantic engine that's most commonly used to power ships. The real engines are produced by the Finnish company Wärtsilä, who commissioned me to build this LEGO sculpture.

Wartsila Wärtsilä 34SG engine, LEGO sculpture, Art with LEGO bricks, artist Sean Kenney

The sculpture was built over the course of 2.5 days, live at a convention in Baltimore, Maryland. I had to make sure to keep the detail level and construction techniques relatively basic so that I could complete it in time. Adding to the time pressure was the watchful eye of the engineers that build these engines for real... they'd know if I messed up and put the gizmos on wrong!

Wartsila Wärtsila 34SG engine, LEGO sculpture, Art with LEGO bricks, artist Sean Kenney

Wartsila Wärtsila 34SG engine, LEGO sculpture, Art with LEGO bricks, artist Sean Kenney

Wartsila Wärtsila 34SG engine, LEGO sculpture, Art with LEGO bricks, artist Sean Kenney

Wartsila Wärtsila 34SG engine, LEGO sculpture, Art with LEGO bricks, artist Sean Kenney

The sculpture is 4 feet long, contains about 12,000 LEGO pieces, and produces 1.21 gigawatts of bumpy plastic power.



Comments

 I made it 
  April 28, 2013
Quoting Donald Norby
Thanks Donald! I'm glad you enjoyed the model at the event, and even more glad you've joined our great community online!
 I like it 
  April 28, 2013
I was actually at that very convention with my cousin who works for US Metals. I was walking around the convention and happened to stumble upon you as you were nearing completion of this awesome creation. There were a couple of "suits" trying to guess how many bricks it took to build this. They were way off. I took a stab and guessed about 11000, which you stated was pretty close, actually really close. We spoke for about 5 minutes about Lego and being adults who still loved to "play" with Legos. You wrote down a few websites for me to check out and a little over 3 years later I finally found my way to Moc pages, which along with bricklink was one you had written down for me. I had no idea you were the founder of this fantastic site. I have to say it was a pleasure meeting you and I am still amazed by your passion and your creations Sean!
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Biggest and the best engine made of LEGO Ive seen :D
Sean Kenney
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Micha³ Jurkiewicz
  August 31, 2010
briliant work!!!
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  August 6, 2010
This Engine is BEAST!!!! Man, now I see how you are 1 of 11 lego pro's!
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  August 1, 2010
This is just amazing. It is something big. I didn't even know you could do this with lego.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2010
Nice job Sean.
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  June 8, 2010
WOW! it must be great to have that kind of contract! even if you were a bit under pressure! you must have felt like a brick! still,the result is magnificient! and so unusual! you re really an artist!
 I like it 
  June 8, 2010
nice build mate...as for lego cars that work i suggest that people take a look at tyler reid's audi r8 model
Sean Kenney
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Agent Appleblanket
  June 6, 2010
It's not just a hobby to you-it's ART!
 I like it 
  June 6, 2010
AWESOME! WOW is all I have to say. Where do you get the time/pieces to build something so GOOD???!!! Nonetheless, IT'S AWESOME!!!!!
 I like it 
  June 6, 2010
Very cool! Who cares if it works, having that inside any machine would be totally awesome!
Sean Kenney
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Pony Lord7
  June 5, 2010
Cool.
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  June 5, 2010
Pretty cool!
Sean Kenney
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Brendan Dore
  June 4, 2010
O.o Looks smaller in these pictures.
Sean Kenney
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Justin BG
  June 4, 2010
that is fantastic!
Sean Kenney
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Dave and John Xandegar
  June 4, 2010
A good challenge, and a great job of rising to the task! Always a pleasure to see the SK Machine working at peak efficiency! You continue to maintain a standard that commands respect for our Art, and we're proud to consider you a Friend...awesome work!!
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
Excellent engine! I like how you used blue instead of just gray! One question though, how did you put the umlauts on the "a"s in Wartslia?
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
Neat. see ya. garth
 I like it 
  June 4, 2010
im from finland.
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  June 4, 2010
Wow, very realistic!c - Hector
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  June 4, 2010
Very nice, but what is the scale¿?
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  June 4, 2010
Spectacular, it's great that you can build under supervision, I would crumble under the pressure. Fantabulous! ~Waff
Sean Kenney
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The Last Warrior (Kylo Malcovich)
  June 3, 2010
Whaaaa? I just learned about these on the History Channel! Does it work? Mmmmm.... LEGO cars that work. Seems to be in the near future.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
What can I say? Usual fantastic, usual Sean. Looks really good!!
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  June 3, 2010
I'm sorry, but the only power source capable of generating 1.21 gigawatts of electricity is a bolt of lightning!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Great job, Sean. Or, should I call you Mr. Kenney? Either way great job.
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  June 3, 2010
Amazing! Great amount of detail. What convention was this? Was it recent?
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  June 3, 2010
Very realistic. Check it out against the real thing at http://www.wartsila.com/,en,productsservices,productportfolio,product,,32105987216222770,no,8003.htm?cid=HF003 Congratulations, Bob
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
1.21 jigawatts? 1.21 JIGAWATTS?!?!?!
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  June 3, 2010
Incredible! Even though you used only two colors it looks very realistic!
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Now that's an engine and a big one too, nice job!
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  June 3, 2010
Commodore I must say this is very nice! Sir, the sheer attention to detail is priceless! Did you make a car for it? Oh! And sir, do you mind if I address you as "Commodore"?
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Quoting Chris Phipson Nice, but where's the flux capacitor attachment? ~ Chris.
Dr. Kenney will have to fall off his toilet and hit his head on the sink first. Plus, he has to find a way to make LEGO bricks out of Plutonium.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
Wow! Your creations are amazing!
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  June 3, 2010
Nice, but where's the flux capacitor attachment? ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  June 3, 2010
WOW!!! That's awesome. I can't believe you built that huge engine in such a short time. Just the number of pieces used makes the building time unbelievable. Great job!!! I love it!!!
 
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