Sculptor Sean Kenney started playing with LEGOs as a kid and has developed a highly impressive collection since then. Now, he’s one of 11 LEGO Certified Professionals who creates modern sculptures for a living. “I just chuckle at the age recommendations printed on the LEGO boxes as I tear them open,” the artist told TOPIC. “I remember when I was very little, I took fear when I heard the Toys ‘R’ Us jingle, ‘I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid,’ because it made me realize that some day I’d grow up and never like toys. Fortunately for me, it never happened.”
Kenney owns close to four metric tons of LEGO pieces and uses them to build a stunning variety of artwork. He designs just about aything, from a life-size Homer Simpson to the Great Wall of China, but some of his most jaw-dropping works were inspired by nature. “There’s a lot of visualization required,” Kenney says about his creative process. “And I often have to step back and examine the model from all sides as it is coming together–taking sections apart and re-building them. Depending on the size of the sculpture, it can take anywhere from a few days to weeks, or even months. I built a life-size polar bear that took 1,100 hours. I spent a day on each eye.”
Based on the amount of thought and work that goes into each sculpture, it’s no wonder that Kenney decided to quit his corporate job. These days, he happily connects with his inner child to create LEGO sculptures that will instantly make you feel nostalgic. His wildlife pieces may even remind you of the time you spent playing outside as a kid.