The New York Stock Exchange commissioned me to build a 3-foot-tall sculpture of their famous building on Wall Street. The completed sculpture contains over 14,500 LEGO pieces and is on display inside the real building.
Here's a close up of the 2-brick tall lettering that I often use. (I've been fortunate never to have to build a "K" before, which does not fit well into this style... I designed a new "K" here, which isn't perfect but does the job.)
The real building, which is over 100 years old, was built in the "neoclassical" style of architecture, made to resemble old Greek and Roman architecture from thousands of years ago. The fresco atop the columns contains 9 larger-than-life figures, which took me three full days just to build with LEGO bricks! It was fun to replicate the figures' dramatic poses with cartoon-like exaggeration.
I used to live just a few blocks away from the NSYE building on Wall Street! It was a pleasure to build a sculpture of this building which is not only such an icon of New York, but also one of my old neighbors.
How'd he do that?
Here's a sneak-peak at how I created one of the super-detailed sections. This is the top of one of the pillars, which is called a "capital". In this case, likely a capitalist capital. This little 2-inch chunk uses nearly 80 pieces alone!
Dued to the fall of the economy, the rest of the Stock exchange building collapsed. LOL. Nah, beautiful job, it's the lego architecture like this that puts you too the type of challenge with the best results.
Quoting Spencer R.
Awesome! Nice documentation. I'll just pretend I didn't see the illegal connection in step #5!
Nothing illegal in step 5! It's a 5x5 chunk set atop a 3x3 chunk. That said, Step 4 is technically illegal by TLG product design standards. (Technic holes are a fraction of a millimeter higher than those side-studs.)
Great work Sean. And thanks for the 'reveal' on the pillar design. That is really stellar! Once again you have created something that just leaves me in awe. Now you just need to add some cops leading the crooks that work on Wall Street out of the exchange in shackles. ;-)
I think that this sculpture resides in the "Sean's best" category. Originally the unique columns brought my attention here. I've seen and experimented with a lot of types of columns and this is the most masterful design I've seen so far. The Corinthian style capitals would be a pain and much harder that the simple Doric style that is seen mostly in Lego, due to the squareness of the capitals. The use of this capital makes your structure challenging and great in appearance.The sculptured filled pediment is also a very nice touch and was executed flawlessly. Overall, the pediment and capitals "upper columns to top of the triangular piece" were the highlight of this MOC. I've never seen this style represented before, especially in this way. I think that it's these styles are the fine line that separate a master builder from an apprentice. I'm speechless, Sean. -Dylan
I like this MOC a lot. I visited the stock exchange two years ago. You captured the front facade realy well. For my library MOC I used some different techniques for the top triangle, but what you've done looks great as well. Ofcourse your scale is slightly larger than mine. Nice solution on the K, I had some difficulty with the R and I see you've used a similar solution for that letter as well. All in all thumbs up. Kind regards, Teddy
Now THAT´S a nice MOC!
Extremely interessting and inspiring!
Thanks for the close-ups of the details and the how-tos!
I would like to see something more with the windows and glassing, and the "small" door on the left side... ;-)
Awesome! This is so cool and true to the real facade of the New York Stock Exchange. The detail is unbelievable like in the pillars or the sculptures at the top. Thank you for the instructions on the pillars, but I don't think I have anytime to use those yet. Awesome piece. Keep building! -Anthony