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