February 01, 2016
It's always a treat to plunge into a box of LEGO and create something magical out of vibrant pieces of interlocking plastic but some years ago I sold all ours on eBay for someone else to enjoy. While I was happy designing small scale models, I remain impressed by those who take it to the extreme and create extraordinary sculptures that appear lifelike, even realistic from a distance. While recently wandering through the magnificent Gardens but the Bay in Singapore, I came across a series of cacti that got me thinking about the contradiction of using LEGO - a manmade and non-biodegradable product as a sculptural material to depict its opposing force, nature.
Am I wrong or does this garden appear verdant and natural? Perhaps there is justification in producing millions of tiny pieces of plastic. They are certainly eye-catching. According to the Danish-based LEGO, there are more than 4,200 different elements in their range and 58 different colours.
Upon further research I discovered New York artist Sean Kenny, a renowned LEGO sculptor who derives great pleasure from producing grand-scale artworks such as butterfly, rose and hummingbird under the umbrella - "Nature Connects". Like completing a jigsaw puzzle, it must be incredibly satisfying fitting in that last piece, irrespective of the fact it is plastic!
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