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Butterfly
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 sculpture of an in-flight Tiger Swallowtail butterfly is over 5 feet across and was built with 37,481 LEGO pieces.



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!







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Building it

The sculpture took over 250 hours to design and build. This turned out to be one of the most time-intensive sculptures I've ever built... because the whole sculpture is on a 45-degree angle, you only ever see a 1x1 corner of each brick... which meant it used a lot more pieces than I ever expected. (I ran out of yellow half way through!)



Each piece is glued one-by-one and a steel armature helps keep the sculpture secured to the ground. Working around diagonal steel bars with rectangular LEGO pieces is a lot harder than you'd think!






The sculpture was assembled in my New York City art studio, then custom-crated in a museum-quality exhibition crate for my new show, Nature Connects, which is currently touring the United States.



Wheeeeeeeee!!






Comments

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  June 19, 2012
That's amazing, love the details (And the last picture XD)
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  June 19, 2012
That's amazing, love the details (And the last picture XD)
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  June 18, 2012
Awesome Sean.....hey where were you at bm?????
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  June 17, 2012
Wow! Simply wow! Beautiful, lifelike and massive! Great job. --Blast--
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  June 17, 2012
Amazing!
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  June 16, 2012
Beautifull
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  June 15, 2012
Half a mill... Wow.
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  June 12, 2012
wow
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  June 11, 2012
WOW! That is certainly awesome. You glued it didn't you?
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  June 11, 2012
Amazing!
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  June 10, 2012
Beautiful work, I love it!
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  June 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  June 10, 2012
greatest ever
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  June 9, 2012
Wow its huge! I like the last picture!:-)
Sean Kenney
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Mark E
  June 8, 2012
Okay that is it! I am quitting building ;) Great Job Sean!!!
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  June 8, 2012
... What can I say that will capture the way I feel about this wonder, this creation, this beauty, this golden sight, this master piece.
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  June 8, 2012
Beautiful. :,) I'm crying its so great!
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  June 8, 2012
I love it
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  June 7, 2012
Wow... this is beautiful!!
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  June 7, 2012
My jaw just hit the floor. ;)
Sean Kenney
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White Knight
  June 6, 2012
Incredible !>.....well done
Sean Kenney
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NoWhereMan .
  June 6, 2012
When I saw the main picture, I thought it was a real one.
Sean Kenney
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The Prime Brick-ester
  June 6, 2012
You should make a D-Day moc,Sean!
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  June 6, 2012
now this is beautiful...
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  June 6, 2012
Love the "Neverending Story" photo. Having a giant LEGO butterfly with you is the only way to go on a quest.
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  June 6, 2012
nice effect on the wings!
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  June 6, 2012
Amazing, it's huge! Even so, I'm surprised you ran out of bricks. By the way, I had a good laugh with that last pic :D ~Cheers!
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  June 6, 2012
Fantastic.
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  June 6, 2012
Wow!
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  June 6, 2012
Like the impressive Scale you've chosen to build on. Very nice work! Cheers!
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  June 6, 2012
Forget being the president or a king! You sir have my dream job! 100/10
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  June 6, 2012
Great job, I'm really enjoying your 'larger than life' series. Keep it up!
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  June 6, 2012
I really like the way how you built it with standard bricks. Excellent again. 5/5
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  June 6, 2012
Masterfully done! Looks a lot smaller from the main picture. Love that last picture! ;) -LB Senior
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  June 6, 2012
Wow. just wow :)
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  June 6, 2012
Brilliant!! I love butterflies.
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  June 6, 2012
Stunning!
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  June 6, 2012
Amazing! I love the design! You never cease to amaze me! IT is huge!
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  June 6, 2012
Lovely setting for this masterpiece. This and the hummingbird are my favorites! Hope the exhibition travels my way. :)
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  June 6, 2012
I love the texture the angle of the wings implies. Very cool.
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  June 6, 2012
First photo: Small? Last photo: Massive!
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  June 6, 2012
Thank you for sharing yet another masterpiece with us Mr. Kenney! Out of all the awesome builds you've been posting lately, I think this is one of my favorite. Stunning!
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  June 6, 2012
The first time I saw this I didn't notice that this is LEGO. Very nice work!
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  June 6, 2012
I adore the angle at which the butterfly is resting. Like the hummingbird, it gives an impression of motion and weightlessness. Excellent work Sean.
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  June 6, 2012
Woah thats awesome
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  June 6, 2012
Superb!
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  June 6, 2012
Wow! This is tops! I've been wondering if you use armature with your sculptures.. Beatuiful man!
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  June 6, 2012
Wow, almost life size! You should really let go and try something bigger. Really, the size is amazing. At that size, each 1x1 brick begins to look like the actual scales on a real butterfly wing. It's Astounding to see the intricate pattern rendered in this scale! The last picture is vaguely disturbing. Attack!
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  June 6, 2012
so pretty.
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  June 6, 2012
Wow! That is cool! Can you add me to your list of favorite builders @ http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/91098
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  June 6, 2012
Superb magnificence!
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  June 6, 2012
Beautiful.
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  June 6, 2012
Absolutley incredible.
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  June 6, 2012
very nice! 5/5
 
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