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Staircase
About this creation
The Marks family was renovating their Manhattan loft and wanted something special for their son's bedroom. Being that their son was a complete LEGO maniac, they opted to surprise him with a one-of-a-kind built-in sleeping loft created with zillions of colorful LEGO pieces!




This sculptural staircase was built on-site over the course of two weeks. It's 10 feet long, 9.5 feet tall, and 6 feet wide! (Big" x Giant" x Huge")













The homeowners were overjoyed with the end result and were excited to move back in when the construction was done.




A view from outside.





Surprise!

The homeowners surprised their son by bringing him by to meet us about halfway through the project. He was utterly speechless! Can you imagine walking into your bedroom and seeing something like this? To celebrate, he put one unique piece into the structure that only we (and he) know how to spot!





Design

We approached the visual design as a free-form process, designing color patterns, shapes, and densities together with the homeowners as we went. They were very involved in the creative process and would excitedly gesture about, providing direction as the LEGO sculpture grew, "more stretchy marks, and little clumps make their way and gather over here, but not blotchy, just clumpy!".



It was completely awesome to work with creative direction of this manner while then leaving myself to be the vessel for their vision.





Building it

Constructing the staircase was quite a physical challenge. Building upwards row-by-row, we needed to have a plan for how things would come together before we got there, and to envision what the areas would look like before they were done.





The loft was conceived by the project architect and the underlying structure of steel and wood was constructed by the general contractors. It was my job to clad the entire structure with LEGO pieces.





This was doubly-complicated by the fact that nearly none of the sculpture rests on the ground! We built upwards over thin air, 10 feet up, making sure every piece was perfectly straight and aligned with the steel and wood beams. And since we glued every piece into place as we went, there was no room to make mistakes!




All in all, the sculpture took two weeks of full-time work to build, together with my assistants Geoffrey and Jung Ah.












Comments

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  May 7, 2012
wow thats all i can say!!
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  April 4, 2012
Awesome stuff, I've always been in awe at the sheer amount of Lego bricks that are at your disposal. It's really, quite amazing. Might call you up and see if you're available to do a Lego desk, with sliding drawers! Haha, again sweet stuff! I hope you can trust me this time around. It's been 2 years, let me show you some things, about me, and my new Lego stuff. ...Just need a new camera first, haha.
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  April 2, 2012
Thats a lot of bricks...
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  March 16, 2012
another small question: i see that you have those Notes with numbers like 80 90 ect, Is that how many bricks you put on that cetrain spot? (yeah I am probably getting annoying asking thease questions)
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  February 28, 2012
wow!!! CAN YOU WALK ON IT?
  February 9, 2012
this is amazing!!! How do you make things like this?
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  January 28, 2012
Whoa. I WANT ONE!!!! How much did it cost?! (For the parents.)
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  January 6, 2012
This is amazing, all your work is amazing.
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  December 22, 2011
Wow this is so cool nice work
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  December 22, 2011
This is insane Sean:P How many brick's are there? ~Justin.
Sean Kenney
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Dave '
  November 28, 2011
WOW! WOW! WOW! lol! That took alot of lego right! lol
  September 30, 2011
=) Cool creation Sean I have always loved your creations. By the way how can I work for you when you start another big project, I couldn't find anything on your website.
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  September 29, 2011
By the way that kid is pretty lucky to work with the lego master and certified perfessional. How did he start helping you? I would love to work with you on a creation like this.
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  September 29, 2011
I like how you made it different colors and not all one color.
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  September 20, 2011
Quoting Andrew Mobley Although this is technically amazing and what kid wouldn't LOVE it, I noticed that the design is seriously lacking as it fails as a LEGO creation because it has little to no play value. Had it been designed with some visible studs facing sideways, some technic blocks with holes in the sides, or included some baseplate shelving, a child could interact his MOC's with this architectural piece. As it is now, all a kit could do is pose a minifig or two on a couple of those timy windows and look at a perfectly smooth surface devoid of studs to play with. Still pretty neat, but nothing like what it could have been.
Thanks for the feedback. You're right that this could have been done a lot of different ways, especially given its size and the number of pieces. The physical shape was designed by the project's architect, and the colors and patterns were the vision of the homeowner... my job was to figure out how all that could work with LEGO pieces and actually make it happen. We added all those little windows as areas for him to build out from, but building code mandated that they not be larger than a certain size. So we got creative... some of the windows open up to floor-level on the other side (e.g., a stair step) so that they're at "ground level" on one side, others are set up opposite a bend in the corner so that you can bridge from one to the next, etc. We also had considered making the top lumpy or more visually interesting but ended up leaving it flat so he could build up on it as if it were a long, thin baseplate.
Sean Kenney
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Griffin (Formerly Bott)
  September 19, 2011
NO WAY! That is flippin' AWESOME! Great work! Amazing!
  September 19, 2011
Although this is technically amazing and what kid wouldn't LOVE it, I noticed that the design is seriously lacking as it fails as a LEGO creation because it has little to no play value. Had it been designed with some visible studs facing sideways, some technic blocks with holes in the sides, or included some baseplate shelving, a child could interact his MOC's with this architectural piece. As it is now, all a kit could do is pose a minifig or two on a couple of those timy windows and look at a perfectly smooth surface devoid of studs to play with. Still pretty neat, but nothing like what it could have been.
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  September 13, 2011
Hey, Sean by the way I hope you jion my sorting gruops. I invited you.
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  September 11, 2011
what an idea to have a real staircase made of Lego!
Sean Kenney
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White Knight
  September 8, 2011
I see a little squeeze super glue near those lego bricks !.....Oh my God.....I could do with all those bricks. Another good one would have been a castle wall !
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  September 8, 2011
Oh man, This would be the best surprise ever! Man it would have been awesome to be him! Lucky duck! Anyway, great work Sean! Another masterpiece!
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  September 8, 2011
How would you feel about comeing over and doing some remodeling?
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  September 8, 2011
yeah, he must have been pretty dissapointed not to be able to use those bricks, there is enough for a serious skyscraper in there!!!
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  September 6, 2011
Gluing the bricks was a good idea. I know for a fact I would have completely cannibalized your work over the years :)
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  September 5, 2011
Biggest Lego building I've seen so far. Great work there
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  September 5, 2011
and I thought MY kid had a lot of legos...
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  September 4, 2011
You know exactly how much everyone here wishes, if not to won such an excellent piece of art, then at least build it.
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  September 4, 2011
this is awesome, best thing iv'e seen, that must have been hard to build
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  September 3, 2011
The variety of projects you're involved with never cease to amaze me. What a unique and wonderful commission.
  September 3, 2011
The unique piece wasn't a Mega Blok i hope?
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  September 3, 2011
Cool.
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  September 3, 2011
Impressive. Exclusive. Original. Just WOW!
Sean Kenney
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Christian H.
  September 2, 2011
I love the design pattern, with the different shaped windows and how the colors form on the white bricks. It gives an nice feel. Speaking of feeling good, that kid must be feeling AWESOME. If that was me. . .well, I don't think my brain could handle that. That would be amazing.
Sean Kenney
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Paperweight .
  September 2, 2011
Wow! How much would somthing like this cost?
Sean Kenney
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Mark E
  September 2, 2011
:_) Nioce !!!
Sean Kenney
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dominick zola
  September 2, 2011
An very great use of lego's im sure the kid was ecstatic! very cool
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  September 2, 2011
Wow! What a present!
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  September 2, 2011
Impressive structure! The kid must have been psyched!
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  September 2, 2011
Gee! He's one lucky kid!
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  September 2, 2011
During an admirably enormous project like this, how many bottles of glue do you go through on average?
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  September 2, 2011
OOOOOHHHHH!!!!!
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  September 2, 2011
I need a dresser made out of LEGO. NOW.
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  September 2, 2011
How many days did it take to make? Must of taken forever!
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  September 2, 2011
Quoting Frank Brick Wright Wow! And 4 Mocs in 2 days! Great work!
12, actually. http://www.mocpages.com/mocs.php?id=1 Thanks :)
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  September 2, 2011
Wow! And 4 Mocs in 2 days! Great work!
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  September 2, 2011
that's one lucky kid!
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  September 2, 2011
wow a want a lego sair case!!!!! I WANT IT THAT IS AMAZING SEAN!
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  September 2, 2011
Dude you are CRAZY! of course in a good way.duh.i bet thats about 5x The amount of colored bricks in my collection,wait what? YOU MADE A PATTERN! 99999/0
  September 2, 2011
This is an amazing project. I really enjoyed the story.
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  September 2, 2011
nice I wish I could have one. By the way how were they able to get you to do this?
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  September 2, 2011
Quoting Doc. Jared . Is his name Zach? Because then that would explain a lot ;).... "Zach, zach, he's a lego maniac.."...
No, but his is. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244135
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  September 2, 2011
Is his name Zach? Because then that would explain a lot ;).... "Zach, zach, he's a lego maniac.."... great build though Mr. Kenney! That is one lucky kid!
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  September 2, 2011
Luckiest. Kid. EVAR!!!
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  September 2, 2011
every kid's dream...
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  September 2, 2011
I think I'd rather just have all those bricks in a big pile :P
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  September 2, 2011
Lucky kid...
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  September 2, 2011
Ahhh! I want one so badly!
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  September 2, 2011
haha i agree with Annie
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  September 2, 2011
:O I want one!
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  September 2, 2011
Wow, this must have been hard to build!
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  September 2, 2011
This is awesome! I would love to have something like tis in my home!
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  September 2, 2011
I want one of those in my room now, that is so cool
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  September 2, 2011
WOW that is like awesome Sean you've done it again this is great.
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  September 2, 2011
Legos being glued together? Noooo! Then again I guess that's better then falling through the wall into a pile of bricks.
 
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