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About this creation


I live in New York City, and I ride my bike every day to get around town. We don't have a car and I advocate for reducing traffic and making the streets safer and more enjoyable for everyone.



One morning as I was riding my bike from my home in Midtown Manhattan to my LEGO studio, I noticed that all the cars on the road were completely clogged in traffic... In both directions, as far as I could see, traffic was just slogging along, and as I quietly, smoothly zipped past everyone in the bike lane, I realized, "I love riding my bike, because it doesn't get stuck in traffic!"



And I immediately had the vision for this sculpture: A life-size bicycle, towering over a clogged up crazy traffic jam built by kids.



















You helped build it!
The sculpture was built at the Brickmagic LEGO fan event in Raleigh NC May 2011. Over the course of two days, thousands of kids (and adults!) built the world's biggest, gnarliest clogged up, crazy traffic jam using over 75,000 black LEGO pieces, while I created a life-size eco-green bicycle triumphing over it all.







It was an amazing success! There were thousands of crazy cars, the likes of which I'd never seen before; I was totally impressed and everyone's creations were way cooler than I ever could have imagined.





I love that this sculpture is not only something that looks cool (shapes, colors), and also has a great message behind it about making smart transportation choices, but also that it represents the inspiration and creativity of children who not only rushed in to help create the crazy traffic jam, but who did so with such fervor and excitement! I am proud to have been able to create something like this.





The whole sculpture was set up in an art gallery show the following week in New York City along with some of my other artwork.




Comments

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  December 22, 2011
It is very nice of you to let young children participate in your (awesome) model building! Happy Holidays! ~ flicker
  August 28, 2011
OMG, when you comment on his things, you get a extra message! Does he have a delete button with everything too? Anyhow, he's gone for quite a while, I hope he will stay here!
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  August 15, 2011
Sean I was at brick magic too, and I built a small jeep.
Sean Kenney
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Mark Eckerson
  August 14, 2011
Great job sean thanks for fixen MOCpages!!!!!YOU ROCK!!!!!
Sean Kenney
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Jacob Unterreiner
  July 17, 2011
I was there at BrickMagic when you made it, somewhere in all those little black vehicles is a little airplane I made. :) Like all your builds, the bike is awesome. I would just like to say thank you so much Sean for creating this website, I've always wanted a place where I can display my builds, and this site is perfect!
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  July 15, 2011
Amazing work here. My mom is crazy Eco- Friendly and she loved this creation. I like how you made it life size and the little LEGO cars underneath it. One question: is it rideable?
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  June 21, 2011
This is a very cool lego bike. Life size plus in a eye catching green! and the lil creations bellow are cool as well. But wondering if you can give this a look? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/265850
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  May 28, 2011
great build.
Sean Kenney
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White Knight
  May 27, 2011
impressive stuff...well done....
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  May 27, 2011
i like bikes
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  May 27, 2011
hello Sean, I have just posted the tribute to you! her is the link http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271197 please give me some tips!!!
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  May 27, 2011
I cycle to school every day.
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  May 27, 2011
Wow, the bike is amazing, and so is your idea!
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  May 27, 2011
My favorite of what I've seen from you. Really inspirational. Your studio is stunning!
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  May 26, 2011
I love it!
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  May 26, 2011
As someone who recently joined the ranks of the cyclists, I definitely can appreciate this. Sometimes I forget why you are the man. Great sculpture!
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  May 26, 2011
This is an inspirational project: I love that you got kids involved in helping create it.
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  May 25, 2011
Quoting MachoStrongGoon :) Hey, I am working on atribute to you... It is a miny replica of this creation!
I'd love to see it!
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  May 25, 2011
Hey, I am working on atribute to you... It is a miny replica of this creation! When i first saw this creation i thought... That is AMAZING! Then i did more thinking and thought that since you are an amazing lego builder i would make a tribute to you! Please tell me ASAP if you dont want me to post this tribute because it is your creation! Oh and if you have time could you please check out my page and look at some of my creations and give me some pointers? Thanks
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  May 25, 2011
When it comes to Lego building,you are a real pro! Well done again!:D
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  May 25, 2011
Very cool. I cannot even fathom how you make sculptures like this. As of right now I cant even think that big. Great job on it.
Sean Kenney
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Toa Oblivious ,Master of Earth
  May 24, 2011
epic!
Sean Kenney
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Sam Knavel
  May 24, 2011
Brilliant job! A fine example of lego art!
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  May 24, 2011
Even seeing this a second time, I stand in awe of this masterpiece. I must say, it's nice to see some more pictures of it.
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  May 24, 2011
Wow, amazing! There are a lot of cool cars in that trafic jam. The bike is absolutly stunning, I'm suprized you were able to make something that big that looked acurate and held togeather. Quite a feat, really shows how great a builder you are.
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  May 24, 2011
woah! that is amazing! love the traffic jam!
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  May 24, 2011
wow w o w thats ersome
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  May 24, 2011
...and seeing it in person is even grander! I give you a 7up (tm) for this? Why? In your studio in LIC you have a small yellow (lemon) colored one so you have a lemon & lime bike! 7up is a lemon lime soda! I just love being bubbly!
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  May 24, 2011
I just can't get enough of your work, Mr. Kenney! Absolutely fabulous! Maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll become half the builder that you are...nah, probably not :)
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  May 24, 2011
Madness!!!
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  May 24, 2011
I love the monster bike sean lol it is huge http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/270590
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  May 24, 2011
I love the sculpture and the inspired image it paints. But I must say that the fact that you involved so many kids in the creation of this is what is really astounding. I think that sometimes we forget the joy kids get from Lego and helping true masters such as yourself work.
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  May 24, 2011
Very eye catching and very well done. It's awesome that you let 'amateur' builders help. I would life to see some more close ups of the little black cars.
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  May 24, 2011
Wow. An amazing piece of art - it's wonderful that kids helped create it. Bravo!
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  May 24, 2011
Incredible Sculpture! Great appearance and message!!! awesome! ;)
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  May 24, 2011
As a competitive mountain biker & fellow commuter I give this amazing piece of art two thumbs up! I love this full sized scaled bicycle. High performance mountain bike next?? :-)
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  May 24, 2011
<3 It looks beautiful. Keep our planet green!
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  May 24, 2011
Wow, amazing sculpture! Love the contrast with the cars, really symbolic!... Greets, Jelle
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  May 24, 2011
Oh my this is amazing! Great work on the limegreen! (Just becauase its one of my favourate colours.)
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  May 24, 2011
AMAZING!!!!
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  May 24, 2011
Truely amazing as always! Love all the black car's under the bike :D One of your best! Great work Sean ;)
 
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