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Trump International Hotel and Tower
About this creation
This model of the Trump Tower in Chicago is 10 feet tall and contains 65,000 LEGO pieces. That's right... It's 10 feet tall!





On display with two other Chicago landmarks
The building was created together with the Tribune Building and Water Tower Place which are together on permanent display at the LEGO store at Water Tower Place Mall in downtown Chicago.
Chicago Tribune Building LEGO Water Tower Place LEGO Chicago



"Reflective glass"

The real building is covered in reflective glass, which makes it melt into the skyline when you look at it. I knew that I wouldn't be able to create a reflective LEGO model, so I spent a lot of time prototyping and designing different ways of building the facade.



About Sean
As seen in The New York Times, The BBC, FAO Schwarz, Elle, Good Morning America, New York Magazine, and more, Sean Kenney is a full-time "professional kid" who uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine. More about Sean





I realized, when trying to design the building, that reflective glass fools your eye into thinking you are looking at something farther away. That, coupled with the fact that this building mostly reflects the sky, makes the real building melt away into the skyline without looking imposing.





To replicate this with LEGO bricks, I created the walls of the building several pieces thick... The outermost layer is clear LEGO pieces, behind them are various shades of translucent blue, white, and smokey colored pieces, and behind that are opaque sky-blue LEGO pieces. Looking at the model, your eye is fooled by the depth of the facade, and you catch glimpses of reflection together with varied colors from the depth of the walls, duplicating the effect that you get looking at a building of mirrored glass.


















Building it

The entire model took over a month of full-time work, together with my assistants Jung Ah, Eun Nye, and our very special guest star David Pagano.





Unlike most of my sculptures, the entire model is ~unglued~ and managed to make its way to Chicago from my New York art studio in one piece. (well, two pieces... It separates in half so it can fit through a door!) :)









Visit!
You can see this model in person! It's on permanent display at the Chicago LEGO Store.
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm







Comments

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  December 30, 2011
I have three words for you: Amazing, Awesome, and Greatest MOC of all time! Or maybe 7 words.
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  October 26, 2011
Wow! This is fantastic! The scale is just stunning, but the detail really makes it stand out. The reflexion idea is brilliant and I think yo really nailed the shape! Another thing that stands out for me is the angle of the awnings, I have no idea how you would do that. Great work!
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  October 4, 2011
I can see why you called you homepage «art with LEGO bricks». The technique for the depth using translucent is amazing, and the sheer size of it is unbelievable. BTW that studio looks like a MOCer's paradise, and that last pic cracked me.
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  September 19, 2011
Every now and then someone makes some thing that moves Legos from "toys" and "models" to "art." This is one. The technique with the multi-layered facade is really stunning. Bravo.
Sean Kenney
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Mitchell Andre
  September 15, 2011
This is super cool! Oh, wow! I love it!
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  September 13, 2011
Whoa! This is so underrated! The fact that physics is involved and not just art - this is incredible. Arthur Gugick has done a recent work with exceptional optical depth, you should check it out sometime, I'm sure its right up your alley. Epic build Sean! Donald will be best mates with you... ~Thoy
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  September 11, 2011
This is the most artistic model of a real building I've seen on the pages. The simplicity of the glass shading idea is breathtaking. Also, it probably outweighs my entire Lego collection...
Sean Kenney
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SISE .
  September 8, 2011
"I can't get over how small you are!"
Sean Kenney
SISE .
  September 8, 2011
I was quoting Portal 2, don't worry! I'm not that tall either...
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  September 8, 2011
Quoting SISE . "I can't get over how small you are!"
Okay I'm short, we get it, we get it... :)
Sean Kenney
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The Colonel (AFOL) .
  September 5, 2011
Wow! Any other landmarks you are thinking about doing? I would love to see something from West Virginia if possible. Maybe to give this state some more reconition since people want the "big cities" instead of the lower countryside. Out of your skyscrapers, which was the hardest to build?
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  September 5, 2011
WHOA!!! This is very GREAT and it looks very BIG! Nice work!
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  September 5, 2011
Absolutly stunning! I love it :) May I ask, why is your assistant wearing an apron? It's not like LEGO would stain your clothes if you spilt it!
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  September 5, 2011
Genius with the color technique!
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  September 5, 2011
The structure behind the transparent bricks, to imitate the reflexions of the sky, is a stunning idea! Well done!
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  September 5, 2011
Using the transparency with other colors behind is simply brilliant !!!! I didn't get it at the beginning until I saw clouds !!!! WOOOOW !!!!! I'm speechless in front of that technic !!!!
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  September 5, 2011
Amazing! Donald has a lot of money. he should buy this one defintielly and put it somewhere inside of that building!
  September 4, 2011
amazing!
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  September 4, 2011
That reflection technique goes beyond clever into the realm of genius. Great way to create an optical illusion and add oomph to a skyscraper.
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  September 4, 2011
Wow, excellent.
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  September 4, 2011
Beautiful. Excellent work by you and your team.
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  September 4, 2011
Amazing! Incredible! Superb! For real, so so impressive.
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  September 4, 2011
Incredible!! The reflective glass is ingenious!!!!
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  September 3, 2011
Most impressive and excellent! The mosaic-like reflections works perfectly and are very beautiful! I wonder why you didnt go for angled walls instead of pixelizing the diagonal walls¿?
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  September 2, 2011
Pure. Genius.
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  September 2, 2011
Wow! Your technique with the clear bits is wonderful! As always, I wonder at the size of your collection.
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  September 2, 2011
oufff!!! i m blown away! the reflective technique is genius!!! and 10 feet tall? what a masterpiece!!! we can see the clouds in it! it s ...wonderful!!! you really went where no one has gone before!!! bravo sean!!!
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  September 2, 2011
This is fantastic! Your idea of placing blue walls behind the clear bricks is amazing! This is probably one of the best MOCs here!
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  September 2, 2011
Just amazing! Lovely work as always! HEHE love that last picture, If my lastest project was huggable, I'd totally do that too XD Anyway, amazing work as always, one of my favourite works of yours ;)
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  September 2, 2011
I love this... the technique to achieve the reflectiveness, the scale... everything about it is superb.
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  September 2, 2011
another amazing design!
Sean Kenney
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Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  September 1, 2011
Sean, you have out done yourself again! For a second I thought that was real! (or a really detailed drawing) I think that is really neat with the effect of the reflection, nice job! Funny pic at the end! :D Keep up the good work.
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  September 1, 2011
Quoting A.J. K Does the reflectiveness have anything to do with why this one is not glued down?
No, just the budget. :) But you're right -- clear pieces are a pain to glue!
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  September 1, 2011
Wow, this is awesome! The illusion of depth in the facade is incredible, it really looks like it's reflecting! Excellent work.
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  September 1, 2011
Truly brilliant solution on making the building appear reflective. Does the reflectiveness have anything to do with why this one is not glued down?
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  September 1, 2011
That is - astounding! Very, very well done. The structuring is superb, the reflections are amazing, and the build is spot on. Love this one Sean, love it!
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  September 1, 2011
The technique of reflecting the sky and neighboring buildings is astounding.
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  September 1, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer Wow Sean, awesome work from you. What colors are in the sky/reflection behind the trans clear? From what I can tell, it looks like light blue, white, blue, and sand blue but it looks so smooth and exceptionally done that I wasn't sure. An excellent creation.
Thanks! There are only three translucent colors at work: trans-clear, trans-dark-blue, and trans-brown ("smoke"). The opaque layer behind the trans is all light-blue. So, depending on the combination, it creates a few different overall shades, but most importantly the building's semi-translucency and super-thick walls fool your eye into blurring what's been built with the actual in-room reflections.
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  September 1, 2011
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The Chicago Lego Store is in my future...
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  September 1, 2011
Brilliant cloud design in the windows. Looks just like reflective glass.
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  September 1, 2011
Oh my gosh, that is great! That last picture is "King Kong: FAIL!"
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  September 1, 2011
You are truly a Master at LEGO. This creation blows my mind. So much detail. Oh, I saw you at Brickmagic in Raleigh, N.C.,and you told me to come over there and build some cars!!!!! I didn't because there were to many kids around. Anyway, this creation is Aweome!!!!
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  September 1, 2011
Wow Sean, awesome work from you. What colors are in the sky/reflection behind the trans clear? From what I can tell, it looks like light blue, white, blue, and sand blue but it looks so smooth and exceptionally done that I wasn't sure. An excellent creation.
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  September 1, 2011
Just another great moc by Mr. Kenney... awesome job!
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  September 1, 2011
Absolutely stunning work, Sean. Beautiful approach to the reflective surfaces of the building. Love to see this in person, but meanwhile thanks for sharing here on the pages - great job!
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  September 1, 2011
Quoting Rocco Buttliere I saw this in Chicago! FYI, the top parapet is on the wrong side of the building:P
I know, I realized that when I went to Chicago to set the building up after it was finished. :( All the photos I had made it look like it was the other way! Darn building is so curvy and reflective it's impossible to make sense of it all :)
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  September 1, 2011
I saw this in Chicago! FYI, the top parapet is on the wrong side of the building:P
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  September 1, 2011
That's so awesome!!! I actually go to that chicago LEGO store so I cant wait to see it there and say "I know how that thing was built and who did it!!!"
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  September 1, 2011
This is one of the best buildings on moc pages.
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  September 1, 2011
I agree with you: at first sight, one thinks to be looking at a building far far away... But it's very nice, and I was dazzled when I saw you "hugging" the building: I had no idea it was so big at all, it looked so simple and small!!! Well, it's very nice indeed, I hope Mr. Donald Trump will be happy with your replica! : )
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  September 1, 2011
Breathtaking!
 
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