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Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks

January 14 through May 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 

 
 

450,000+ LEGO® 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 LEGO® pieces, this indoor exhibit features 13 displays with larger-than-life sculptures that represent the web of incredible connections that sustain life on Earth.  

  

Don't 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.

Through 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 gallery.  

  

  

  

·         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.  

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