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About this creation
Come visit! This sculpture and 26 others are touring the U.S. now through 2014. Over 25 larger-than-life sculptures created with nearly half a million LEGO pieces! Read more and come visit!




These life-size American Goldfinches are each about 6 inches long and are mounted to a real bird feeder. They were designed with multiple postures and set up to look as realistically posed as possible.



The sculpture was installed in April 2012 at Reiman Gardens in Iowa as part of my traveling exhibition, Nature Connects. In October 2012 it will travel to it's next location, so stay tuned for updates!



Clearly, LEGO birds eat LEGO pieces.







The entire sculpture was assembled in my New York City art studio, then custom-crated in museum-quality exhibition crates for my new show, Nature Connects, which is currently touring the United States.






Comments

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  May 9, 2012
it s unfortunate that you had to use non-lego elements to acheive this, but, it looks awesome! best of luck to you sean!
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  May 4, 2012
excellent!
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  May 2, 2012
Beautiful :)
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  May 1, 2012
wow we get these birds in our garden every day they look great .ps love all your work and moc pages is the best thanks
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  May 1, 2012
Amazing!
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  May 1, 2012
Excellent! They look like the little birds that are knocking at my window (right now)!!
Sean Kenney
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~~Patrick~~ .
  April 30, 2012
The part usage is brilliant Sean!
Sean Kenney
The Prime Brick-ester
  April 30, 2012
Wow. I would do that too, because you would be spending $ on bricks.
Sean Kenney
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The Prime Brick-ester
  April 30, 2012
How many bricks were in the feeder?
  April 30, 2012
Nothing worse than being short on brick and time, been there myself. The only difference my model aren't glued and I can aways go back and fix them. Traveling from show to show I wish they were glued at times.
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  April 30, 2012
woah sean ran out of pieces XD!!!
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  April 30, 2012
Quoting Ken Osbon Why did you not use 1x1 plates and or rounds with multiple colors to resemble finch food?
That's actually exactly what I wanted to do; we were going to use 1x1 round plates... but I didn't have enough, and there wasn't enough time to order more! Alas, no project is ever exactly what you wish it could be :)
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  April 30, 2012
Just curious after reading some of the other post and number of bricks used. Why did you not use 1x1 plates and or rounds with multiple colors to resemble finch food? O' great one of the brick.
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  April 30, 2012
Well done, LEGO is diffently cheaper in this case, don't have to keep filling the feeder but still has all the beauty and know white stuff on the ground.
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  April 30, 2012
Great build! But you have to be careful about bird feeders attracting bears.
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  April 30, 2012
Wow, excellent creation! Such beautiful birds, great job!
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  April 30, 2012
Wow another great peice! They keep getting better and better.
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  April 30, 2012
Beautiful!
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  April 30, 2012
well hes a lego milionare sooo yeah like $100.000 a year on bricks probably.
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  April 30, 2012
Wow. *Please excuse the short comment; I'm just sitting down with my jaw open and unable to type anything.*
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  April 30, 2012
Quoting The Prime Brick-ester How many bricks were in the feeder?
About 500. We cheated... inside the glass tube we put a black cardboard tube that was slightly smaller in diameter. This left about a 1-inch gap between the glass and the cardboard. Then we filled just the outer 1" area with LEGO bricks, kind of like an outer ring that only touches the glass. Otherwise there would have been at least 5,000 1x1s in there! (You can see the black tube at the top of the feeder in this picture http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=321409&id=/user_images/1/1335808112m )
  April 30, 2012
very nice moc the birds look just like the real ones!!
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  April 30, 2012
Ugh! I hate fake bird seed :P
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  April 30, 2012
I thought: "What does a picture of real birds do on MOCpages?" Well, there is my answer... Silly me, wel done, beatifull!
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  April 30, 2012
Awesome
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  April 30, 2012
Very nice work, the 1x1 bricks as bird seed was a nice touch.
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  April 30, 2012
Simply incredible. Such realism you are able to achieve. It's astounding.
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  April 30, 2012
You always amaze me!
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  April 30, 2012
Fantastic sculpting!
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  April 30, 2012
awesome I like the bird with his head sideways its vary cool
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  April 30, 2012
Really sweet! Awesome detail!
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  April 30, 2012
Impressive sculpting for that size!
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  April 30, 2012
That is most bizarre, just yeterday I built a Goldfinch (european species) to go with my British bird collection. These birds are wonderful I love them!
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  April 30, 2012
Aww, my grandmother would love this.
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  April 30, 2012
Beautiful birds! Hope to see more! How about a mocking bird? Or a bird of prey? -LB Senior
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  April 30, 2012
Excellent.
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  April 30, 2012
Awesome!! They look so cute. 5/5 :-)
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  April 30, 2012
Nice job as always! I love seeing the birds come and land at the feeder. Would you mind giving me feedback on my creations?
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  April 30, 2012
Awww,they are so cute!Well done sir!
 
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