Sean helped build FAO Schwarz's giant LEGO city display, built with nearly 45,000 pieces. The push-button interactive city was on display from June 2006 to October 2008.
About this creation
Bricktropolis is a one of a kind city that has been designed using 43,500 bricks and built in 314 hours exclusively to entertain and delight the guests of FAO Schwarz.
The LEGO models stretch 8 feet high above your heads as the centerpiece of the LEGO area in the world-famous New York City toy store.
Six push-buttons around the base of the city activate animated features around the city, such as the helicoptor Sean installed on the highrise rooftop (above.)
A subway train runs under the city, seen through clear windows and operated by push-buttons on the side of the display.
Over the course of two days, tourists and FAO customers enjoyed watching the city come together as Sean installed the LEGO city with Nathan and Dan (two other LEGO Certified Professionals) .
The entire city is triangular, 6 feet on each side. This "front" side features several of Sean's buildings and the cool "city life" extras, like parking meters, streetlights, mailboxes, sewer openings, subway entrances, crosswalks, and all the other things you'd expect in a busy LEGO city!
FAO shoppers watch as the city comes together June 2006.
Sean chats with FAO Schwarz CEO, Edward Schmults.
Nathan and Sean fasten one of the taller buildings to the table.
Sean's triangular city park sits on the edge of the city and features a "flapping" American flag, a large statue, as well as plenty of folks picnicing and relaxing.
Who's that handsome model on the billboard atop Sean's building?
This apartment highrise is about 3 feet tall. It is loosely modeled after an apartment building on 6th Avenue in New York. There is a bank at the first floor and a working Helicoptor on the roof.
This two-foot-tall hotel is designed in the style of a late-19th-Century hotel. Sean imagines that the city of Bricktropolis designated it a "landmark building", which is why it was never knocked down for a taller high rise office building... much like the neighboring buildings across the street.
Here is a close up of the hotel entrance. LEGO bricks were turned upright (sideways) to create the doors and the yellow sidewalk curb.
Wow! Great job! Amazing details. Do you know how you can become a Lego designer or do a job like yours, because I'm currently 14 and I'm about halfway through most of my GCSE courses, so do you need any qualifications or certain grades in anything? Thanks. Anyway, it's an amazing Moc.
Thanks for the links Sean his work is Very Impressive, some of the shapes i never pictured were possible with lego, have you had the chance to work with him, as i see you are both Lego Certified? He has his own line of products however, that is very impressive, by the looks of things though they are a tad out of a 15 year old's price range. i really like some of these though i aspire to hopefully be able to build like that one day matbe ill try after i finish my Atlantis W.I.P as that eats up almost all my part. I accually want to be an Architect though also i have quite a colllection of architecture books and have taken classes in CAD, Industial design and Architecture, my goal is to get a scholarship for it oneday and go off to study it and hopefully make a living off it.
My favorite one by Adam has to be Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright, i reconized it on sight, i might have to buy that one when it comes out in auqust it is one of my favorite examples of Architectual Modernism.
Quoting Nate .
trying to introduce legos into the Architecture and Design class [...] Speaking about Architecutre, have you studied it you seem to be very well versed
Thanks... I'd always wanted to be an architect as a kid (based on my childhood love of LEGO, actually!) but I never studied it. I do enjoy casual reading about architecture and design, though, and I love mimicking real life styles with LEGO. (The old hotel in this model is my favorite, and it's not any particular hotel. But people swear it's The Plaza, or Hotel Pennsylvania, and lots more.) :) Speaking of architecture, have you seen Adam Tucker's LEGO Architecture products? He's here on MOCpages and has released an line of official LEGO products that you might be interested in. http://www.brickstructures.com , http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/4915 , and http://www.lego.com/architecture
Wow, these are some really great skyscrapers and an excellent example of a lego City. I always like seeing lego skyscrapers and examples of Lego architecture. I accually am trying to introduce legos into the Architecture and Design class as i make small repicas of many of the things i design in that class before i start the intital design. Speaking about Architecutre, have you studied it you seem to be very well versed in how to design buildings and you lego creations definatly display that.
Well then, maybe I'll put some of my LEGO funds towards commissioning a city-themed project from you :P. Its good to know your keeping busy though, we wouldn't want you to lose interest in this great hobby we all enjoy!
Quoting Nick Ennobtown
You know I always wonder if Sean ever checks these comments. [...] love to see what kind of city-themed stuff you could come up with now, maybe you could find an hour a week? Maybe a half hour?
Of course I read your comments... every single one. :) (Even if I don't always have time to reply.) Yes, I do love creating city-themed stuff.. it's always been one of my favorites. I love architecture, cars, and the bustling life of people in a city. So whenever I get a project that involves any of those things, I go wild! As for carving out extra time for personal projects... I'm always so busy running my LEGO-based business (day, evening, night, and weekend) that I rarely have time to squeeze anything else in! :(
You know I always wonder if Sean ever checks these comments. Anyways, this is a brilliant city, one of my favorites ever (one of the others being "Greenwich Village"). The skyscrapers (especially the Apartment Highrise, which I have modeled a building of my own after) are beautiful! The details are, of course, amazingly well done. I love how it looks very LEGO-ey but still looks realistically like the denser parts of big cities (except that no one really walks their pet sharks in real cities). All your stuff is just incredibly well done. I imagine your a very busy man but I'm sure myself and plenty of others would love to see what kind of city-themed stuff you could come up with now, maybe you could find an hour a week? Maybe a half hour? Ah, I'll have to make do with the extensive picture collections here and on brickshelf of this and the Greenwich Village display.
I went to FAO Schwarz myself and saw it in person, and it is SO COOL!!!! The detail is amazing! Plus these are some of the best LEGO designers in the world that created it, like Nathan Sawaya (www.brickartist.com), and of course, Sean Kennedy. And also, there is a Gold mine under the LEGO city that even has a dinosaur! It is very cool!!
thanks for taking me back to FAO Schwartz. The last time I was there there was a very tall Empire State Bldg (King Kong included I believe) and Statue of Liberty. The time before that I was in my "dark years", and only noticed the Rebel Blockade Runner they had on display.
You are the man! And more importantly, thanks for creating such a great online presence for us to partake of.
PS: Please make my 4 foot tall stunningly accurate Hong Kong Bank of China MOC of the day sometime...
Very, very nice. I wish I had that many bricks (I probably do) to make that and not feel ashamed to take it apart for another MOC... Man, if LEGO hadn't existed I wouldn't live. I just wouldn't. How do you make such high-class MOCs? What does it take to be a LEGO Emporor?
I like it
August 30, 2008
Sean great MOC. BUT please stop allowing inappropriate ads. The inappropriate Ads are messing up MOCpages. It will make MOCpages not good for kids. So please stop allowing them.
I like it
August 21, 2008
WOW! You made that!!! You are amazing!!! Please leave a comment on one of my mocs I would LOVE IT!!!
I am not even going to possibly try to describe thhis MOC except as......................................I'll get back to you when I finish writing my speech.and I HAVE GOT TO KNOW WHY this has only......THIRTEEN REVIEWS??!!It dominates anything emperor lugonious has made and has a fraction of his lowest reviewed MOCs,so what is up with that?I mean his MOCs shouldn't even have pictures compared to yours!
I'm not sure how this display garnered any rating other than 5 happy faces. I invite anyone who has rated this display less than 5 to take another look. The models included here are rich with detail. They capture many of the subtleties of a large city. There are a ton of details to discover that a would be easy to pass over if you are not careful. Notice the fine use of creative connections, discover the appropriate use of color that gives the whole arrangement the depth of interest that it has. After taking a closer look, if you still feel that this setup deserves less than an excellent mark, please take a few moments to enlighten the rest of us as to your reasoning. Be honest. Be bold enough to put a review behind your rating. This IS superlative work. This IS fun. This IS the type of work that we all would love to do.