Connecting Nature Brick by Brick

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Nature Connects Lego Sculpture Exhibit at Harry P Leu Gardens

See a 6-foot hummingbird in this fun art exhibit of Lego sculptures. Yep, the sculptures are all made up of Lego bricks by artist Sean Kenney.

humming bird Lego sculpture

There are so many attractions that you might enjoy when visiting the Orlando, Florida area. Here’s another one for art lovers who happen to love LEGO® bricks and nature.

Running now through April 22, 2018 Nature Connects® Art with LEGO® Bricks by Artist Sean Kenney at Orlando’s Leu Gardens.

The sculptures are huge! Many are more than life-sized, such as the hummingbird that is 6 feet long!

Almost half a million bricks were used in the creation of the exhibition that includes the hummer, a family of deer and 14 other sculptures.

Leu Gardens is a 50-acre park and this is a family-friendly show that ‘kids of all ages’ will enjoy.  And maybe you will get the urge to create their own LEGO® sculpture masterpieces. Just be aware that the artist reports that it takes 3000 hours and 95,000 Lego bricks to create a single polar bear! And what could be more appropriate than that, especially as Kenney considers himself a “Professional Kid”!

polar bear lego sculpture in progress by Sean Kenney

But even thought this is an art exhibit, the sculptor views his first mission is to educate. With Nature Connects, his Lego sculptures teach us about environmental issues and conservation. Some of the animals in Sean’s “zoo” are extinct or endangered.

Just as LEGO pieces interconnect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance. Insects and plants have important relationships; different species of animals have special relationships with each other; animals have connections with their families just like we do.

polar bear family Lego sculpture by Sean Kenney

This exhibit is actually just a portion of Kenney’s Nature Connects complete collection

Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America, Asia, and Europe. Created with over 3 million LEGO pieces, this show features hundreds of sculptures built with LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney.

Part of this collection is currently on display in Taipei, Taiwan on its first leg of a world tour. The Clouded Leopard, pictured here will be part of that exhibit.

clouded leopard lego sculpture by Sean Kenney

Can’t make it to Taiwan or Orlando? Don’t worry, Nature Connects is connecting with gardens around the world, including the following in 2018:

Huntsville Botanical Garden   Huntsville, Alabama   March 9, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Louisville Zoo   Louisville, Kentucky   April 15, 2018 to September 3, 2018
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley   Winchester, Virginia   May 4, 2018 to September 3, 2018
Green Bay Botanical Garden   Green Bay, Wisconsin   May 25, 2018 to August 19, 2018
Red Butte Garden   Salt Lake City, Utah   June 2, 2018 to September 16, 2018
San Antonio Botanical Garden   San Antonio, Texas   August 31, 2018 to December 31, 2018
Dongdaemun Design Plaza   Seoul, Korea   October 5, 2018 to January 27, 2019


Like art made from Lego Bricks? Check out this Lego Brick kinetic sculpture and please keep kids from destroying the artwork as happened in China

Photos courtesy of Sean Kenney

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