Friday, July 24, 2015

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney Arrives to The Morton Arboretum {& Giveaway 8/2/15}


**Disclosure: Thank you to The Morton Arboretum for providing us with this wonderful giveaway to bring you! No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

You don't have to be a LEGO fan to appreciate The Morton Arboretum's new interactive exhibit mixing 464,770 bold and festive blocks with nature's bounty. LEGO Artist Sean Kenney has created 13 larger than life LEGO creations representing nature's gifts. Most of the sculptures are positioned against picturesque backdrops throughout the arboretum. In some instances, the combinations appeared so natural that the sculpture fit right into the setting. Breathtaking!


We visited Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney on opening day, July 17. Let me tell you--it was one of the hottest days this summer so far but the heat did not stop people from coming out to enjoy this innovative exhibit!


We began our tour by walking around Meadow Lake. The first sculpture we encountered was this adorable deer family peeking out from the cove.


One of our favorite sculptures of the entire exhibit is the Galapagos Tortoise greeting us with his little smile as water trickles around. Tranquil!



A vibrant peacock, busy hummingbird, a birdbath frequented by forest creatures and more creations had us not only admiring their artistry but the splendor of the surrounding nature as well.


Each of the sculptures is accompanied by a little snapshot of stats about the piece as well as facts about the creature itself. Most are set up with enough space for a photo op so think--family pictures!

Facts about the exhibit:
  • Sean Kenney, the artist behind this whimsical exhibit is the FIRST EVER LEGO Certified Professional.
  • Sean Kenney and his team spent more than a whopping 4,170 hours building this exhibit. Talk about dedication!
  • Nature Connects is one of four internationally touring LEGO exhibits crafted by Sean Kenney. 
Navigating the exhibit:
  • Pick up a map at the booth when you enter The Morton Arboretum.
  • Many of the sculptures have been positioned around the serene Meadow Lake making for a picturesque walk.
  • There are two sculptures in the Children's Garden, so be prepared for the wee ones to want to explore and then come back to the sculpture walk a little later. Can you blame them for wanting to play in the trees?
  • Other sculptures are situated on the other side of the maze, near the Visitor's Center and even one inside the Visitor's Center.
  • Bring water with you! You don't want to get dehydrated while exploring!
  • Don't forget your camera!
Important Details for your Visit:
  • Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney will be in residence at The Morton Arboretum through November 1, 2015.
  • The exhibit is FREE with Arboretum Admission.
  • Admission costs: $14 Adults ages 18–64, $12 Seniors ages 65+ and $9 Youth ages 2–17.  
  • Please note special events associated with this exhibit under Nature Connects Happenings.
  • Create your own nature-inspired LEGO creation and enter it in a photo contest! See website for details. Entries accepted through August 30, 2015.
  • Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on and play with LEGOs!
Giveaway:

The Morton Arboretum has generously provided us with a giveaway of four tickets to The Morton Arboretum AND a book by artist Sean Kenney! The giveaway is open to US residents 18-years-old and older and runs through August 2, 2015! The Morton Arboretum is one of our favorite places to go and we are so happy to bring this giveaway to you! Enter below:

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5 comments:

  1. I would love to see a Macaw done in Legos. I think anything with lots of color is absolutely gorgeous! Love the peacock in the picture and would love to see it in person!

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  2. I'd love to see some monkeys, since I'd be bringing my monkeys to see the exhibit!

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  3. I love the butterfly LEGO figure, but would love to see ladybugs or even turtles. I love turtles.

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  4. I would like to see a penguin because penguins are my favorite animal.

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  5. Tiger lilies and raccoons would look cool i think!

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