The doors opened up at 12 noon, I got there at 12:15p.m. I missed the Q 67 and had to wait an hour for the next one (it only runs on the hour during the week-end). I said hi to Sean and we spoke a while then since there was just the two of us I started to shoot my photographs. I went to the other studios on the floor and had a great time! To catch glimpses of the other artist's work - see Part 3 of LICAC called: Art Imatates Life/LEGO Imatates Art! found elsewhere on these MOCpages! Sean is a natural with people and very gentle with children, he is very soft-spoken and a gentleman!
He is fun to be with and engaging. The kids loved him! And so did their parents. In fact one set of parents drove all the way up to New York from Delaware! That's both loyality to LEGO and Mr. Kenney. I got a kick out my "old school manners" I asked permission for everything, I was in Sean's "house" - for example opening his drawers whereas the kids just did it, without permission! It didn't bother Sean. I am including glimpses into some of his reference books for your enjoyment as well as a peek into Sean's 3 LEGO BOOKS! Andeveryone kids and adults having fun with them. I was quite pleasantly surprised that Sean indeed has visited all my stuff and as an aside to Cody G - he loved the way I did St. Michael's Statue's halo! He not only looked at my pages but studied and remembered them - that was for me an honor and humbling!
A special thank you goes out to Sean a great host! KEEP BULIDING and remember it starts with ONE BRICK AT A TIME!
About this creation
For one year I will honor, remember and respect the victims of 9-11. Each of my creations will have a 9-11 memorial starting off the page. I'd like to give a big handshake, hug, kiss to all the people here on MOCpages that remembered by creating WORLD TRADE CENTER buildings done in LEGO you too honor the fallen of 9-11 GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
Yours truly, outside the Long Island City Arts Center, 44-03 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY!
Room 309 the Studios of Sean Kenney!
Now was that go North or South?
Dates of the festival of the arts in the borough of Queens.
What I am doing with this presentation is to imagine you were right behind me, I am going to try to be your eyes and capture those things you'd see and remember! Just hope I don't blink!
Actually the arrow is pointing in the wrong direction. You are greeted by a video presentation of Sean's work as recored by various t.v. programs and a half hour documentary done by an Asian Firm on him!
Here's the link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/180299
Mr. Sean Kenney and myself holding two smart cars, I picked the RED one (RED is my favorite color) in front of a wall of bins with LEGO Bricks! In the foreground his work table!
Take two. You can see the robot he made and one of his special LEGO pieces box!
Me resting with Sean's GORTON FISHERMAN - he doesn't talk much! Not Sean the fisherman!
The first group comes in and Sean is seen explaining his latest project.
A question is asked about the Crystler Building. Note the tape measure on his work surface!
Yet more questions this time from the young boy!
A view of the wall full with cabinets that house all the speciality bricks and plates!
Need a yellow 4x4 plate or a 1x2 white brick? It's probably in one of the drawers!
The next group of parents with their kids. I had fun with the boy with blond hair and gave him some photo tips! He loved opening all the drawers!
The whole family looks on as Sean explains his system of storing his LEGO pieces.
Another group came in.
Don't you wonder what he's thinking?
could it be: TAKE THE BRICKS AND RUN?
Probably he was amazed as the rest of us at the sight of all the bricks!
Here Sean explains his work on top of the cabinets to a mother and her son.
I wasn't the only one taking pictures!
Sean talking as I catch the rear of the robot!
Sean takes a moment to show how a model went from being a model to being in his book on cars with a young fan!
More kids arrive and this was Sean at his best. He's a very down to earth man, gentle and patient with kids and very friendly!
An adult asks Sean about the "8"! And sean explains!
Sean must be part Italian he loves to talk with his hands!
More kids come in this time two brothers.
I later found out these are Sean's cousins! So even his family supports him!
A young fan from Deleware (imagine all the way from Deleware) is talking with Sean as he plays with some blocks! He had the LEGO spirit - just note his t-shirt!
Sean autographing pictures of his LIME BICYCLE on display in the center but made in North Carolina! Note Sean was selling tow of his books and giving us a preview of his third!
Mr. DeMille I am ready for my "close-up"! (Sunset Boulevard)!
Me taking a picture of a parent taking a picture!
I love doing this! It's one of my favorite shots to do!
Another one 4 u!
Yet another - different parent - different kid!
I loved the fact he got down on kids level!
Her eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when Sean opened this drawer!
I took two of these: one with my camera and one with theirs! I got to pick (of course) the RED car!
Part of Sean's Lego reference library!
50 Years of Lego a book sone in Germany that has devoted 5 pages to Sean! Here is a link if you are interested in buying it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3898808874?ie=UTF8&tag=mocpages-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=3898808874
Like I said I am trying to be your eyes, and now your hands as I open the book for you. On the left you'll see two old fashioned advertizements for LEGO! On the right a shot of the LEGO Factory in Billund, Denmark.
One close-up 4 u!
Another one. Are you wondering why the airplane pilot and LEGO airplanes? Simple originally it was Samsonite Luggage (tm) that sponsored LEGO's entry into the American Market!
A promo advertizement to the American market to get kids into a new construction set - LEGO in a few short years LEGO would surpass both Lincoln Logs and Erector sets!
An early LEGO catelogue done in b&w line art, after all the first bricks were done in white and red!
The first LEGO Train sets note blue rails and white spacers! And the first LEGO MOCs! The buildings!
Another LEGO Artist in front of (actually sitting on) his work - of course I had to photograph it it's RED after all!
This is the work of another Lego Certified Professional: Nathan Sawaya. It shows one of the two sculptures I love (and yes it's RED) If you'd like to see more of his work - here's a link:
The first two pages that feature SEAN!
Captain Kirk pointing to the page he appears in with SEAN!
I think Kirk told Sean: Construct me Sean not beam me up Scotty!
One of my favorite LEGO reference books now I know it's Sean's as well!
Here I set up a scene for you including the Duplo Brick - the LEGO Brick and a model and a vignette! Some of the many uses of LEGO BRICKS!
A look inside the book, Brian Lyles I thought of you with this one - the San Franciso Gingerbread house reminded me of you!
If you'd like to check out his site here's a link: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/49882
Brian also sells instructions for his models at: http://www.brickcitydepot.com/
A page in the book showing NYC's famous Mounted Police! I had to do this because it reminded me of my LEGO Style (mini-figure) version. Check it out: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/249205 the last couple of pictures!
Next to RED I love lions hence this picture! Ms. Mariann Asanuma has done one I am crazy for check it out: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/30497
More of the books Sean has. The last one was a special book done when Sean sculpted over 20 LEGO Animal Models for the Philadelphia Zoo!
A close up of the book!
Another book Sean has is one that shows us how to make sphericle objects (ball) so this page shows us how, once we mastered the ball how to go beyond it!
I got into a bit of advertizement for Sean's books, here we see a brother, sister and their cousin holding up Sean's 3 books! The girl on the right was a great little photographer!
Opening the pages 1
opening page 2
opening page 3
Sean enters the world of modern art - beakers filled with the 3 basic colors bricks ( red, yellow and blue).
A fan made this makeshift picture frame. For mine go to: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/259456
Poor Sean never got to finsh his lunch (on time). Note even while he eats - he works!
Sean's next major work: THE TANDEM MILL. Look at how the blueprints will help him.
The case we saw earlier.
and the pictures of the TANDEM MILL.
Of course Sean keeps his bricks under lock and key!
Sean labels each drawer some with sketches!
...and some with the bricks themselves!
...even train pieces...
...parts he used for Brickworld and assorted parts!
2x3 plates lined up in a row lie little plate soldiers!
incredible! a dream!!!! all the sorting this takes...surely he does nt do that alone...i sometimes find hard to sort, when tired, some great kits sometimes...they have to wait for the next day! lol! but, they DO get sorted! how about you nick? can you post your sorting system? you ve seen my cyberlab have nt you? great report nick! thanks a lot!!!