In celebration of its 85th Anniversary, Brookgreen Gardens is hosting 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children’s author, Nature Connects is an award-winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost 400,000 LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot tall hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long giant dragonfly, and more.
The exhibit features interpretive panels with an educational message for each sculpture to help connect children with the natural world and promote sustainability and conservations. In addition, there are educational activities such as a LEGO® sculpture building contest, scavenger hunts, and 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for guests to play, build, and use their imagination during their visit.
For nearly a decade, Sean Kenney has been using LEGO® toys as a medium for contemporary sculpture. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has created pieces for television shows, celebrities, tourist attractions, and fortune 500 companies around the world. Sean Kenney was the first of now only 13 “LEGO® Certified Professionals” worldwide who are officially recognized by the LEGO® as trusted business partners because of their building proficiency, their enthusiasm for the LEGO® brick and building system, and a professional approach towards other LEGO® fans and the broader public. 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.
Nature Connects is on display now through Monday, September 5, 2015 at Brookgreen Gardens, which is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina. The exhibit is open daily and is included in garden admission. For more information, visit the website here.