January 18 through May 10
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
bricks, 13 incredible displays, 1 ALL-NEW experience!
About the exhibit
Sean Kenney's fourth indoor exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens
features some fantastic NEW pieces, including a coral reef, a snow leopard, and
a disappearing rhino, as well as a couple of old favorites. Compare your wing
span to a beautiful monarch butterfly, stand tall with a striped zebra and a
horned wildebeest, count the colors on a chameleon, go paw-to-paw with a polar
bear and make a splash with a sea turtle. Inspired by nature and built from
nearly 800,000 LEGO® pieces, this indoor exhibit features 13 displays with
larger-than-life sculptures that represent endangered animals and build
awareness for the conservation of all living things.
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+tax for
adults, $5+tax for children 3-12 and free for garden members and children under
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
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: Children's Hospital & Medical
Center and Lamp, Rynearson
& Associates Inc.