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Hummingbird
About this creation
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!









Toes! :)




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.




Building it

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.



Comments

 I made it 
  July 18, 2014
Quoting joseph remington How many pounds does it weigh
At least 7. Or maybe 200.
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  July 18, 2014
How many pounds does it weigh
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  December 8, 2012
Very nicely done! I looks great where it is! Great construction and lovely look overall :)
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  July 10, 2012
=O
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  May 9, 2012
I have invested a lot in lego elements, but, i ve rarely had difficulties with door frames, lol, such scale...amazing! it looks fantastic in that flower bed!
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  May 8, 2012
Brilliant! A very beautiful sculpture. Fantastic work :-)
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  May 6, 2012
Really sweet!
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  May 5, 2012
Wow! It's beautiful! I wondered how it was supported...
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  May 4, 2012
So it is not tied to a satellite? Darn because that would be cool.
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  May 3, 2012
Such an elegant build! Nice work!
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  May 3, 2012
impressive!
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  May 3, 2012
Wish I could tie my creations to a satellite... :D Amazing, amazing sculpture! Your artistic skill never ceases to amaze!
  May 3, 2012
@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.
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  April 30, 2012
Wow this is just amazing, I love the building style you guys have. I have to ask though.... Whats with the plastic wrap around the piece? Is if for dust? to protect? Just curious.
Sean Kenney
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The Texan Bionicle Builder
  April 28, 2012
Thats awesome!!! How does the hummingbird stay up?
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  April 28, 2012
This is such a beautiful creation and it looks fantastic in the flowerbed. Sounds like a case of good timing when your assistant realised the size problems.
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  April 27, 2012
Very impressive!
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  April 27, 2012
incredible.
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  April 27, 2012
Wow. *speechless*
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  April 27, 2012
:O
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  April 27, 2012
Amazing!
Sean Kenney
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Chris Melby
  April 26, 2012
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.
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  April 26, 2012
Wow! It looks so real. I like the way the humming bird looks like it's hovering. Thanks for creating this site.
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  April 26, 2012
AWESOMELY-AWESOME! Somebody does metal sculptures around town and... Lego bricks is a great idea! Three cheers for you, Sean!
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  April 26, 2012
Very... Lifelike... So, when will it com to Az?
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  April 26, 2012
Beautiful, simply beautiful.
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  April 26, 2012
This is brick-ART!!
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  April 26, 2012
Superb work! I love this! One of my favourite creatures brought to life in Lego :-) I've been working on a series of birds recently, they're quite a bit smaller than this one though lol
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  April 26, 2012
Love it. Whats cooler is that it happens to be so close to Minnesota. Thank the Lord, that I have to go down that way anyways.
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  April 26, 2012
Definatly the most spectacular of this collection. Fantastic.
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  April 26, 2012
«hanged by a satelite» ah ah I bet it's made of lego, too :D Once again, the scale of your works leave me amazed. you must have the time of a life doing this stuff. Superb design!
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  April 26, 2012
Exquisite! :)
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  April 26, 2012
simply beatifull.
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  April 26, 2012
ZOMG that's beautiful!
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  April 26, 2012
Wow! A beautiful sculpture :)
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  April 26, 2012
cool
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  April 26, 2012
Amazing!
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  April 26, 2012
Wow! Awesome details. 5/5 :-)
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  April 26, 2012
Wow this is excellent. All glued 1 by one? That's a lot of glue and with 31,565 LEGO pieces? That's outstanding.
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  April 26, 2012
I thought this was real! Amazing work from you and your team!
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  April 26, 2012
Wow that,s cool
  April 26, 2012
That think is really defying gravity... This is amazing, I would do anythign to have that many bricks of one color.
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  April 26, 2012
This is pure Art..! Can this masterpiece in the future to see somewhere in Europe? Thanks in advance...
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  April 26, 2012
Beautiful!
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  April 26, 2012
Marvelous, Just in time for spring! 5/5
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  April 25, 2012
Good job Sean! Don't look at my page, it is to dumb compared to you.
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  April 25, 2012
Amazing
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  April 25, 2012
What are you talking about!??!..... edit: oh i should read more..
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  April 25, 2012
I can't even imagine how long it took to build and install the satellite.
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  April 25, 2012
Is it your own personal satellite that's supporting it or did you rent one? :P
 I made it 
  April 25, 2012
Quoting Legofreak2444 ~ Beautiful. I wish I could have been there. ;)
It's in Iowa until October 2012... then traveling around the US for two years. You'll have plenty of time to visit!
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  April 25, 2012
Beautiful. I wish I could have been there. ;)
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  April 25, 2012
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.
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  April 25, 2012
TOES!
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  April 25, 2012
TOES!
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  April 25, 2012
Wow, beautiful design. Its a pity it doesn't stand up on its own, but the steal beam was definitely the best way to go with this.
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  April 25, 2012
Wonderful sculpture, really gravity-defying. Feel free to pop them over to the UK when you're done with them over there ;)
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  April 25, 2012
O My GOOOOOD! is this coming to Massachuesetts! You better say yes.....
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  April 25, 2012
Tied to a satellite! Of course! Brilliant work once again. The rich colors really make this sculpture stand out. I'll be looking to see if it travels anywhere near. I'd love to see it in person.
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  April 25, 2012
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!
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  April 25, 2012
so cool I love it
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  April 25, 2012
Amazing sculpture! Its size is stunning! -LB Jr.
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  April 25, 2012
Very cool. Awesome to see the build pics. Thanks for sharing it all. :)
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  April 25, 2012
wow
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  April 25, 2012
Awesome - when will you bring this tour to Canada! We are Lego nuts here too!
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  April 25, 2012
epic centre of gravity! I just can't understand how it stays vertical!!! great design!
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  April 25, 2012
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!!!
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  April 25, 2012
Incredible! The sculpting is very impressive, do you have an art degree?
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  April 25, 2012
Wow, this is amazing Sean!
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  April 25, 2012
The "weightless" effect makes me speechless.
 
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