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Homer
LEGO Homer is 4 feet tall and contains about 10,000 LEGO elements. He has an open hand that functions as a real cup holder. Two Homers were built; the first in 2003 as a personal project, and the second for a brief public display in Washington DC, August 2005.
About this creation
LEGO Homer was a personal project; as a LEGO Certified Professional, Sean can't sell copies of copyrighted characters. Contact Sean if you'd like to commission something else.








Design
Sean spent over 2 weeks designing and building the sculpture. It was the first time he had ever built a large-scale LEGO sculpture. Much of the building process was pure visualization, double-checked by a little counting and math. (Sean had to recall a lot of math that he had not used since high school, such as the "rise over run" principles from geometry.) Sean finds that building curved surfaces with square bricks is a fun challenge, so he did not do any pre-planning, sketching, measurements, or computer-aided design prior to beginning this model.

Building it
Sean started the prototype by building Homer's eyes, and then building his face outwards from there. He created 75% of his head before he realized that the model was not coming out to his liking. So, putting this first attempt aside, he started construction on a second face, comparing the two as he went, working to get a better result. Once his head was done, Sean began working downward, creating the collar, bust, belly, legs, and feet. Building downwards can be problematic... Often, as the outer shell approached a part of the superstructure, Sean would have to pry pieces into the center of the model, which caused creaking and bending that had to be corrected later.

Technique
In some ways, Homer is similar to smaller models like Sean's 1:20 scale VW beetle, because of the visualization needed for some of the complex curves. In many other ways, however, it proved very different. Most importantly, when working on a model of this size, a internal support is very important. In Homer's case, a sturdy column runs vertically along the full length of his body, from the base of his neck all the way down his center to between his feet. This allows his head to rest on a sturdy platform, and branches off to several cross-braces at his hips and arms.






Just a big cupholder
Since Homer's open hand was to be used as a cup-holder for a real beer can, his hand has to support a lot of weight, even though it doesn't have any direct support underneath. After a little experimentation, a sturdy truss along the bottom inside of Homer's arm that now leads from his wrist back to his elbow, and then bends into his body and connects with the main superstructure. An additional smaller truss spans the base of the cup holder and connects with his wrist.

Public display
Built in 2003, the model went on display in August 2005 in Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington DC. The model was mentioned in The Washington Post and was on the home page of Wired Magazine for two weeks.

Homer

Homer

Homer



Comments

  July 16, 2011
Is there a scheme to build this Homer? Would love to have one in my house. Gr. Lennaert
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Ed Adlam
  March 12, 2011
Looks like homer but in lego bircks!
Sean Kenney
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chase mair
  August 18, 2010
DO'H
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  March 14, 2010
excellent =D, he has beer, now just give him donut xD
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  September 29, 2009
Nice bear belly. Homer must have been fun to build. I think Nathan Sawaya would laugh at this.
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  July 15, 2009
This is a class piece of work! Want one!!
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  May 31, 2009
Elite Clone Commander Connor (O_o) that is a really good idea!
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  April 27, 2009
You should make the rest of the simpson family.
Sean Kenney
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  April 4, 2009
COOL!! u should make characters from a show called flapjack!!
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  January 5, 2009
I don't supose you could come up with instructions? Just Kidding! Besides, I wouldn't even have enough bricks to build it. Great job!
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  January 1, 2009
Absolutely amazing! You are my hero.
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  December 29, 2008
Wow! I love the simpsons!
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  October 9, 2008
I wish I would meet you! and make something for me! You are defiantly the master!
Sean Kenney
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Bradley DeBildt
  October 6, 2008
The roundness is accurate
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  August 23, 2008
Mmmmmm, LEGO, gaaahhag
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  July 15, 2008
prefect deatail!great job!
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  April 22, 2008
doh! this is great and very accurate 5/5 nice job.
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  December 31, 2007
cool, but you shuold make a duff can to put in his hand and a donut with pink sugar thingy on
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  August 8, 2007
Way cool! I love the Simpsons. D'oh, please come look at my MOC's.
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  July 16, 2007
This is simply the greatest Homer ever.Accuracy is just fantastic
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  June 12, 2007
I think that's one of the best sculptures so far
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  January 6, 2007
This is the best MOC on this website!!! Homer looks so real. Great Job1
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  January 4, 2007
Great job, this is an awesome MOC. Probably one of the best sculpure MOCS on the site. Keep up the great building. =)
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  June 8, 2006
Awsome,you deserve a reward.But I got nothin'.
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  March 13, 2006
one word.. a freakin amazing moc! *realizes thats 4 words* *knocks head on table really hard* nice model, try and make the rest of the simpsons family XD
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  November 15, 2005
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! His awesome :D
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  August 30, 2005
Dude, this is awsome!!! I love the simpsons, and I would probably buy this model. i also like how it is multi-functional(a cupholder). have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night and freaked your self out with this thing? i really like this model, but here's a challenge: can you build all of the other simpsons characters?
  April 14, 2005
the eyes are RUBBISH!!! and it is POOEY!!! my model of poo is better!!!
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  September 30, 2004
All the Homer quotes have been used. Lets see some more simpson sculptures
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  July 21, 2004
Where do you get those wonderful bricks?
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  January 25, 2004
IT BLOWS LEGO AWAY!
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  December 2, 2003
Double "D'OH!"
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  September 30, 2003
Well Sean, I must say I am truly delighted with the outcome of this model. Words cannot describe the amazement I went through when my jaw hit the ground. I only wish I had as many Lego as you have, because I am one for the masterpices, and this should be honored like the rest. Keep it up!
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  September 30, 2003
Sean amazes again. Look forward to your next project. I would love to see the Verrazano Bridge in Lego. You are the guy to build it. -- Steven
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  September 30, 2003
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is great!!! Why is he orange (or is that just the lightng making yellow look orange)? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great work!!!
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  September 29, 2003
DOH!!
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  September 29, 2003
Absolutely sweet!!! As a major Simpson's fan, let me be the first to say well done on this icon of American culture! You should build a forbidden donut to go in his hand. ;-)
 
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