Come visit! This sculpture and 26 others are touring the U.S. now through 2014. Over 25 larger-than-life sculptures created with nearly half a million LEGO pieces! Read more and come visit!
This giant Ruby-Throated Hummingbird magically hovers 8 feet in the air as it feeds out of giant flowers. The sculpture took my team and I over 4 weeks to design and 5 weeks to build with 31,565 LEGO pieces.
The number one question I get from kids is:
"How does he stay up???"
Answer: Tied to a satellite.
The sculpture was installed in April 2012 at Reiman Gardens in Iowa as part of my traveling exhibition, Nature Connects. In October 2012 it will travel to its next location, so stay tuned for updates!
Many people are surprised to see that the trumpet flowers indeed have pistols and stamens. (My mantra, shamlessly stolen from Pixar, is to "sand the undersides of the drawers"... meaning I really feel the need to add all the details, seen or unseen, so they're there when you go looking for them.) I like knowing that my work will look great, from no matter what angle it's viewed.
The sculpture took over 550 hours to design and build by my team and I. Each piece is glued one-by-one and a steel armature helps keep the sculpture sturdy in heavy winds.
Jung Ah (above) spent over 160 hours doing design work on this sculpture.
Building sculptures this tall presents a lot of unique physical challenges... Not only do you have to figure out what the sculpture will look like, and how you will build it, but … How will you move it if it weighs hundreds of pounds? How will it fit out the door if it is too tall? How can you build 8 feet in the air if you aren't 8 feet tall?
The sculpture is so tall that we had to stand on stepladders to build it! (above) We put a trolly on a table to both hold up the belly of the bird as well as keep our LEGO pieces handy while we were up there. (below)
One day, while we were up on top of ladders building the wings, one of my assistants walked by and laughed, "Wow, it's getting so tall! Any taller and it won't fit out the door!" Shocked, we stopped and measured… she was right! The hummingbird wings are so tall and so wide that they would not fit through a standard door. So we redesigned the wings so they could be removed on steel pins and re-inserted after going through a doorway.
The entire sculpture was assembled in my New York City art studio, then custom-crated in museum-quality exhibition crates for my new show, Nature connects, which is currently touring the United States.
@dustan: he replyed to the same question already to me..
but its for the glue they have, they glue every single brick on and they have that plastic rap stuff to prevent the glue to fall on the creation cause if it dose it deforms the whole thing.
Its a cool sculpture, but with all of the Lego land stuff out there, I think it just blends in. It would be great to see you use your status as a "Professional" to really open some new doors with Lego, rather than simply copy the Legoland stuff. Maybe embrace computer design, and also move into some new pieces. Take it up a notch for all of the new younger builders out there.
A marvelous sculpture indeed! A very rich and invigorating color selection. The basic idea of this sculpture is simple, but that is what makes it so intriguing! Once again, very well done! I quite enjoy seeing sculptures such as this.
Way bigger than I even thought from looking at the first picture! Very nice sculpture, and it's cool to see some of the WIP stages and internal structure. I hope these sculptures make it near me on their tour, I'd love to see them in person!
This creation left me stunned Sean. The way that you recreate real life objects, out of lego, and make them look like they could be alive and breathing...Amazing!!! The flower is stunning, from the stamin and pistol, all the way to the outer appearance, including all the details. And the bird, I could talk for hours about the bird, so I'll just say stunning!!! Great work Sean!!!