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Lucky 8 : A tribute to China
It is China's moment to shine and to show the world how much of an amazing place it is; and I wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion in sculpture.
About this creation
On 08/08/08 at 8pm, all of the worlds eyes turn to China as it hosts the 2008 Olympic games. This will be a great moment for China, who is now given a historic chance to showcase its culture and its country to the world. Millions of people who never would have visited China or learned anything about it are now visiting and seeing the country at its proudest and most glorious.

It is China's moment to shine and to show the world how much of an amazing place it is; and I wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion in sculpture.


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney


The number 8 is a very lucky number in Chinese culture; this giant LEGO sculpture of the number 8 is exactly 88 LEGO bricks tall and 80 LEGO bricks wide. The sides of the 8 each curve independently back and forward in space, reminiscent of a Mbius strip and of the infinity symbol, held together in the center by a simple white "cloth", a suggestion of the sincere and peaceful roots of the Olympics.

Red is a special color for the Chinese, symbolizing love, fortune, and happiness.


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney


The base of the model is inscribed with various olympic games' names, written in Chinese: 田径 , 举重 , 花样游泳 , 击剑 , 摔跤 , 体操 , 射箭 , 乒乓 球 , and 自行车 (Track and field, weightlifting, swimming, fencing, wrestling, gymnastics, archery, table tennis, and cycling).


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

(I specifically included "Gymnastics" (above) because my father-in-law's friend is coaching the Chinese olympic gymnastic team, and his daughter was a hopeful for the U.S. olympic gymnastic team.)


A tribute to China and the 2008 Olympic Games - Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

(And did you notice there are 8 photos of this sculpture?)



Comments

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  January 21, 2009
Sorry about my last comment. This looks really neat.
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  December 24, 2008
Yes communism is soooooooooo wonderful!
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  August 29, 2008
totaly sweet! look at my mocs
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  August 26, 2008
Absolutely incredible...you even went the extra mile by building the Chinese characters into the base...marvelous job sir! I find that it is wonderful that the world is discovering China's fascinating and beautiful culture. I feel great respect for the country; the effort that they put into the Olympics was truly inspiring. I am just sad that the games are over now, and I can no longer watch commercials featuring Morgan Freeman's voice...oh well. C ya~Nick ("ElNickre")
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  August 14, 2008
Wow, 1 of the best mocs I've seen in a while
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  August 11, 2008
one of the greatest lego tributes ever! very fine detail! if this was seen by China they would probably ask for a life size! P.S. could you please, if you have the time take a look at my clone wars vig.? One of you #1 fans. .Commander T
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  August 9, 2008
Somehow I have a feeling that China does not play the Pool version with the bad 8... Great work, Sean! Great idea too! Good day
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  August 9, 2008
Amazing sculpture, and the extra thought that went into making the dimensions in multiples of 8 with 8 in the number is also very nice. Great job! :)
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  August 9, 2008
WOW! Amazing!
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  August 9, 2008
WOW. That is just beautiful! Now if you can just make a full mini-fig scale reproduction of that amazing opening ceremony, complete with the guys in the light-up suits, I'll be REALLY impressed! LOL! Seriously, it's a jaw-dropping piece, and it really captures the spirit of the event.
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  August 9, 2008
Absolutely great Sean, both the sculpture and the symbolism.
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  August 9, 2008
we are so lucky we can have the olympics and celebrate together.I love this sculpture,it symbolizes so much,I love the olympics,way to go,keep it blocky!
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  August 9, 2008
Wow, great! It looks amazing! The symbols on the side are great too. The show last night was even better! Wow, that was AMAZING! With all of the LED lights everywhere... Yah, I know a guy who is doing Archery in the par-Olympics this year, I am very excited for him! Oh, and Phipson, that was bad... sorry, but it was...
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  August 9, 2008
Amazing job with the sybolism, although most people living out of EST will get a little confused...not Ocean though! The "towe" [I think that's what it is] is really life-like, and the Chinese symbols are an exetremely complicated, masterful touch. I did watch the opening ceremonies, and it was amazing and awe-inspiring. Although one of China's citizens over-abused his country's spotlight knifing 2 family member's of an Olympic U.S.'s coach, killing one.
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  August 9, 2008
...and is it coincidence that just as all that happened I sat down and ate? (that joke works better when spoken out loud...) ~ Chris.
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  August 9, 2008
OH man, This is when I wish I had TV...Anyway, nice job! I like the way the towel just hangs there...This is an amazing model...Well done, well done indeed!
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  August 9, 2008
And there were 8 comments before I got here and ruined it...
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  August 9, 2008
Amazing! The "8" is fantastic but I particularily love the chinese characters on the black base.
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  August 9, 2008
dang....wow
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  August 9, 2008
We are watching the Parade of Nations right as I type this. Amazing. Pure emotion. (Sweet MOC!)
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  August 9, 2008
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  August 9, 2008
Fantastic sculpting... I love a good MOC with a background story. ;-) Way to go, as usual.
 
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