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Bison calf
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 life-sized bison calf is nearly 4 feet long and contains 16,229 LEGO pieces. It was built together with Mama Bison (nearly 7 feet long!)





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!













Building it

The sculpture was designed by my assistant Geoffrey and built by my assistant David over the course of 140 hours.



David says, "I'm the fanciest man in fancytown!"




To help withstand high winds and overly-curious visitors, each LEGO piece is glued one-by-one and a steel armature helps keep the sculpture secured to the ground.




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 like it 
  May 12, 2012
Fantastic sculptural work, he's very cute!
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  May 9, 2012
congrats to geoffrey! the sculpting is phenomenal, I dont know why, it really fascinates me how the shape comes toghether so nicely and naturally!
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  May 5, 2012
Lovely work!
Sean Kenney
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~~Patrick~~ .
  May 4, 2012
Mr Kenney, this is an amazing collection of Larger than Life size animals and plants. That is why you have been blogged: http://patrickslegoblog.weebly.com/blogs-click-on-blogs-for-may-2012-onwards.html
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  May 4, 2012
Superb!
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  May 4, 2012
Great sculpting! -LB Jr.
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  May 4, 2012
spot on!
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  May 4, 2012
spot on!
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  May 4, 2012
Fantastic work as always, but i'm still waiting for your new book (when written) on how to make sculptors.
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  May 4, 2012
wow love it great detail well done
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  May 4, 2012
I just noticed a bird on the 'mothers back'
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  May 4, 2012
that,s cool and cute
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  May 4, 2012
Quoting Sean Kenney
I have always been slightly intimidated by the prospect of working with a steel frame, but it seems your scaling methods take much of the imagined difficulty away. I don't envy your welding team though. ;)
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  May 4, 2012
Having seen the real thing a lot where I live, I can say definitively that you did a great job on the shape and color. All that glue... I'm glad that your assistant wears a mask!
 I made it 
  May 4, 2012
Quoting Blake Baer Just noticed, is the frame scaled to a 2x2 brick?
Yes, exactly. In addition, *all* of the measurements (like the distance between two legs' steel rods) are also exact LEGO dimensions. It's all incredibly precise!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2012
Great! I was thinking what Blake was thinking, looks like a 2x2 sized steel, would make sense to be anyway.
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  May 4, 2012
D'awwww. So cute. The eyes look great.
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  May 4, 2012
Just noticed, is the frame scaled to a 2x2 brick?
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  May 4, 2012
WOW VERY COOOOOL
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  May 4, 2012
Wow, I'm awestruck. I cannot even imagine the amount of bricks that go into such a thing.
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  May 4, 2012
This is so cool! You've inspired me to make a sculpture.
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  May 4, 2012
Awsome! Can't wait for Mama Bison =)
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  May 3, 2012
Lol you dont make them!! XD. jk
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  May 3, 2012
I was always curious as to how the bricks were formed around the internal metal structure!
 
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