January 14 through May 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
bricks, 14 incredible displays, an ALL-NEW experience!
About the exhibit
Sean Kenney's third exhibit at
Lauritzen Gardens features some fantastic NEW pieces, including a proud
peacock, a giant dragonfly, and a not so itsy-bitsy spider, as well as a couple
of old favorites. Compare your wing span to a beautiful monarch butterfly,
stand tall with a majestic buck and his en"deer"ing family, smell a giant
pansy, go nose-to-nose with a titanic tortoise and make a splash with a
friendly band of birds. Inspired by nature and built from more than 450,000
pieces, this indoor exhibit features 13 displays with larger-than-life
sculptures that represent the web of incredible connections that sustain
life on Earth.
miss the "Play and Let it Stay station," where visitors of all ages can create,
take apart, tinker, build and grow together.
This blockbuster exhibit is included with
admission, $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for garden members and
children under six.
Everything in nature is
connected… Just as LEGO® bricks connect
together to create something fun, colorful and intricate, so too is nature. All
living things on Earth are interconnected to create a complex and amazing
network with each piece relying on the others to which it is connected.
the exhibit and its accompanying interpretive messaging, visitors will learn
how ecosystems rely on diversity to survive and thrive, how healthy and
balanced populations are maintained, about the connection between plants and
pollinators, how human activity has a deep-rooted and often permanent impact on
our planet, and many other messages.
About the artist
For nearly a decade, Sean Kenney has
been using LEGO®
bricks as a medium for contemporary sculpture. His work has been featured in
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC news, ELLE, Good Morning
America, and he has created pieces for television shows, celebrities, tourist
attractions, and fortune 500 companies around the world. While the ubiquitous,
brightly colored, plastic rectangles could easily be dismissed as a child's
plaything, so too could certain clay, paints, or pencils. Working with the
medium brings new and exciting forms to sculpture, dictated by a limited
palette, grids, and blocky forms.
Overcoming these challenges is
exciting and rewarding for both the artist and the viewer. Unlike traditional mediums, the toy
immediately connects with so many people on such a personal level. Each
sculpture touches people as both a reflection from their childhood and as a
sculptural piece of art. Sean aims to spark creativity in the viewer,
especially in the case of a child, who can not only visualize creating
something great themselves, but who can actually go home and do so.
For more information about the artist,
and to view other works, visit Sean Kenney's website at www.seankenney.com.
To view images of sculptures featured
in Sean Kenney's first exhibition at Lauritzen Gardens, Nature Connects, visit our photo
Presented by: Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund
Sponsored by: H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable
Fund, a friend of the garden, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Deb and Bill Dinsmoor, Boys Town Pediatrics and Lamp,
Rynearson & Associates Inc.