TBT – Sean Kenney’s Empire State Buildings

As the creator of MOCpages, Sean Kenney has created a wonderful environment for like-minded LEGO lovers to display their own creations. Not only is it the largest image hosted site solely dedicated to LEGO images, but it also has inspired thousands of individuals in creating amazing designs. Today’s rendition of TBT takes a look at Sean’s Empire State Buildings and his progression as a builder and Lego Certified Professional.

Empire State Building – 1998

This is the first ever post on MOCpages. As Sean’s first skyscraper the model stands over five feet tall and is supremely red. He described the building as poorly designed and missing a lot of detail, though for his skyscraper I think he did a great job. This version was deconstructed in 2001.

Empire State Building – 2003

Sean’s second model was commissioned for a celebrity event in New York City. The model is much more proportionate than the original and contains a slight amount of more detail. Atop red, white and blue bricks simulate the nightly illumination.

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Empire State Building – 2008

The third model was strictly commissioned for the centerpiece at the real Empire State Building’s gift shop. Containing over 13,000 pieces, at the time it was the highest LEGO sculpture in the world! Sean’s progression as a builder is evident in his final version, as details in the spire and streetscape vastly improved from his other versions. The switch from light gray to tan is much closer to the actual building color, giving it a more realistic appearance.

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While I think Sean’s final version is nicely built, I wish more of the studs were tiled. This trait is common among large MOCs, as finances play a significant role especially for small details. Nevertheless it’s no surprise today that Sean Kenney has enjoyed continuous success as a professional. He has created some amazing masterpieces and I expect nothing less in the future.


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