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About this creation
This sculpture is an observation on the financial crisis currently engulfing the world. [October 2008]


Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney


Background

September 15, 2008 marked the start of a financial crisis worse than anything in our lifetimes.

Like two giant stones thrown into a pond, the sudden and total collapse of two very big, very old companies (Lehman Brothers and AIG) caused ripples in our economy. It was becoming clear that the systems we use to control and organize money just don't work.

Every day for weeks, the ripples grew. The world's financial systems begin to fall apart at the seams. Major banks folded. Big companies were going bankrupt. The stock market was bleeding. People's retirements savings were wiped out. And the governments of the world panicked, spending unheard-of amounts of money to try to fix the problem. No one is sure how or when this will end...



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney


A short order

In the stock market, big time investors can place what's called a "short order" to make money off falling prices. They profit when everyone else is losing. It's symbolic of the entire investment banking industry: a way for the rich and powerful to make tons of money off all of the hard working people in the world.



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney


A short order cook

At my local deli, the short order cook leaves a jar on top of the counter for tips. The day after this crisis began I was getting some eggs for breakfast and noticed that the cook had written on the tip cup: "Euro & Peso accepted too". It seemed symbolic of the entire crisis, and begged the question, "is the sun setting on the United States?"

I realized that both the short order cook and the short order investor were in the same financial mess... But at least this time, the hard working person was the one making the money.



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney

Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney

Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney

Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney

Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney

This tip cup from my local deli inspired this sculpture.



Two short orders: Sculpture created with LEGO bricks by artist Sean Kenney



Comments

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  January 21, 2013
Excellent work on the newspaper graph and the heads.
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  January 11, 2012
THIS IS IN A LEGO BOOK!!!!! That is sooooo cool!!!
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  December 7, 2008
When's the short movie coming out! I wonder what lego would be worth compared to say gold the euro, the USD or the Peso if an economist put some graphs together from ebay, lego.com and Brinklink.com transactions of lego pieces.
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  November 17, 2008
Well,i'm only 11,so I don't have a great idea on how the economy works,but you are good!man,I'd give like anything to get your job!
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  October 20, 2008
Dang. I WANT YOUR JOB!!!
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  October 20, 2008
Your attention to detail is amazing! Just the people are amazing, but than the paper and the counter, magnificent! Great work, Mate!
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  October 17, 2008
too kewl. i like the way u made there faces. so life-like! nice work sean! where do u get all the peices.
Sean Kenney
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erik smit
  October 15, 2008
I love that bruick built newspaper, fantastic! And the figure is also very well made, the frown on his face makes clear how worried he is.
Sean Kenney
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  October 15, 2008
Very well done and thought provoking.
Sean Kenney
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Evan Melick
  October 14, 2008
Beutiful job! The graph and newspaper especially. We just did Renaissance Humanism in AP Euro, so seeing the expression you can put on to a little LEGO sculpture is fantastic! Keep it up!
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  October 14, 2008
The widening gap between the top and the bottom is a sore point with me. We just aren't very good at making things work sometimes. Especially when some people don't play by very good rules. Not watching the store is a sore point too. I'd like to see some punishment, but I don't epect that. Oh, well. Thanks for building that. Remind people to keep their eyes open, make some connection, and maybe save the world. Just kiddin', we're doomed. see ya on the bread line. garth
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  October 14, 2008
I like how you captured the aspects of the average american in recent times. Are you supplied pieces, or do you just have billions of em?
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  October 14, 2008
To think that Obama says he'll improve the situation... As for the MOC: Excellent build! I love how the characters have a well defined expression while still maintaining that cartoon look about them.
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  October 14, 2008
Unreal... These are fantastic. Great work!
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  October 14, 2008
That's really a brilliant message. Technique-wise, I think it's neat how you can make such recognizable expressions on LEGO faces on this scale without building in any defined lips.
  October 14, 2008
A very unique way to show what's really going on. Here's hoping the rough times ahead go by fast...
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  October 14, 2008
Fortunately, Wall Street recovred with a monstrous 900 points (I think, I read it on Yahoo! News)
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  October 14, 2008
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Strange how life works, eh? The hard worker gets to sleep on the street, while others enjoy their lobsters on private yachts.
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  October 14, 2008
Whoa... Now there's something you don't see every day... Or anytime for that matter... ~ James : D
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  October 14, 2008
wow!!!!
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  October 14, 2008
Thanks for all the comments, guys. The figures are about two feet (58cm) tall... The entire sculpture is 31" x 18" x 23" (78cm x 45cm x 58cm) and uses about 8,250 LEGO elements. It may be a bit quirky but this sculpture really means a lot to me because it really expresses how I feel.
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  October 14, 2008
This is pretty good! That is true pretty sad too. Maybe you could make a MOC about pollution! How tall are they? Could you comment on some of my stuff? Thanks for making this awesome site!!! In real life I only have three friends and sometimes I wonder about that! But here I have made some more friends! In fact one of them is Elite Commander Fed! GREAT JOB!
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  October 14, 2008
Fantastic and timely sculpture. The faces are quite expressive.
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  October 14, 2008
Amazing piece of art... can't say more than this! just keep building and impress us! >>> peace.. Fofo
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  October 14, 2008
Magnificent work of art! The facial expressions are very well done.
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  October 14, 2008
Yeah, I'm really likin' that paper. The detail is awesome. =)
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  October 14, 2008
Nothing like a work of art to reflect even amplify reality.
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  October 14, 2008
Nice work on the faces and that newspaper in particular. To me, though, it's the content that really makes this MOC. I like the dichotomies you've set up between the two characters and what they do, and the visual elements in the MOC that illustrate their differences (backs turned to one another, dull colors vs bright, seperated by the counter, etc.). The message definitely comes through!
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  October 14, 2008
those are nice, I love the way the faces are made and the newspaper
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  October 14, 2008
Excellent figures and news paper! The figure's expressions are very believable.
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  October 14, 2008
Fantastic, but you may want to check the Dow, 'cause it's up like 700! I love that newspaper. ~Will
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  October 14, 2008
WOW!
 
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