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Big bee
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 larger-than-life flying bee is over 4 feet long and has a 6 foot wingspan! The sculpture contains 16,383 LEGO pieces and took 4 weeks to design, build, and glue. It is suspended 15 feet in mid-air!

Spin the bee!
Press play, below, to see a 360-degree spin of this giant creepy LEGO bee :)



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 it's next location, so stay tuned for updates!




Close-ups









Here's a sneak peek at a TECHNIC piece used on each outer wing to help keep it rigidly attached to the body.






Building it

The sculpture took over 160 hours to design, build, and glue by my team and I. My assistant, Ji Yoon, took my designs and spent nearly 4 weeks assembling the sculpture.



Because the bee needed to be suspended in mid-air, we put a steel rod through his body and attached a small eyelet through the top of his back. But more importantly, we needed to make sure the weight was perfectly balanced! ... If his head was heavier than his butt, he would hang nose-first to the ground. So I bought a lot of lead weights in a lot of sizes to build into the sculpture once we were most of the way done and could see which way he wanted to lean.





Magically, when we hoisted him up off the table for the first time and attached his legs, he was 100% perfectly balanced! No weights or counterbalances or sneaky tricks required!! Amazing! (Mostly dumb luck.)



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.



AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
GIANT BEE!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 9, 2012
the size is mind bogling! it does nt apear that big in the main pic...it s huge! it s very impressive to see it next to you! ... your assistant is also pretty cute! lol!
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  May 8, 2012
That photo of it in the greenhouse is brilliant. Great stuff! :)
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  May 6, 2012
Cool!
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  May 4, 2012
beautiful and impressive.
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  May 3, 2012
WOW Buzz Buzz Buzzzzz
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  May 3, 2012
I LOVE BEES! buzz buzz buzz! :)
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  May 2, 2012
Killer bee ;)
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  May 2, 2012
Ouch, I wouldn't want to be stung by that bee.
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  May 2, 2012
My word Mr. Kenny! You're really cranking out and posting these tour builds fast! Thanks so much for sharing these masterpiece with us on the pages (and for creating MOCpages for that matter, so that we can enjoy these masterpieces you're sharing with us). A rather circular mouthful. Heh, great work sir!
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  May 2, 2012
You seem to have a "green thumb" lately :)
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  May 2, 2012
Looks great!
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  May 2, 2012
awesome! Sean
  May 1, 2012
Wow, that is so awesome! Very realistic! Morthen P, I should probably run then, shouldn't I?
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  May 1, 2012
AHHHHGGG! IT'S A BEE! IT'S A BEE!!!! This thing's HUGE! How much does it weigh?
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  May 1, 2012
Excellent!
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  May 1, 2012
Looks fantastic!
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  May 1, 2012
Excellent sculpting. :D
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  May 1, 2012
everybody who is allergic to bee stings, i only have one word to you, RUUUUUN!!!!!
 I like it 
  May 1, 2012
Great job! :)
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  May 1, 2012
Yep, the title says it all. Excellent work on this, I like the technic reinforcement.
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  May 1, 2012
Awesome! But I bet the perfect balance was achieved thanks to the skill of your lovely assistant. Well done!
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  May 1, 2012
Astonishing! This is a brilliant build! You never cease to amaze me! Too bad the rating can't go higher, because this is too awesome to be 5/5. I think it should be 500/5. AWESOME !!!
 I like it 
  May 1, 2012
Looks a lot like a Yellowjacket to me,but,whatever.5/5
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  May 1, 2012
The in location shots are amazing.
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  May 1, 2012
Wow
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  May 1, 2012
Yeah, Wow! Thats a big bee. Shouldn't she be wearing a resperator according to the MSDS?
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  May 1, 2012
The last picture made my day. Brilliant work Sean, your creations always inspire me.
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  May 1, 2012
Quite amazing!
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  May 1, 2012
This is masterpiece!Well done as always!;)
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  May 1, 2012
My favorite so far! These are great!
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  May 1, 2012
Not pictured: life-size LEGO Nicolas Cage from "The Wicker Man".
 
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