Nature Connects at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Don’t miss Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, in its only Los Angeles area appearance, at the South Coast Botanic Garden. The award-winning, nature-themed exhibit, engineered from nearly half a million LEGO® bricks, opens on Friday, February 19, 2016. Artist Sean Kenney used 464,770 LEGO® bricks to create the 13 displays featured throughout the South Coast Botanic Garden.

The exhibit will be open from February 19, 2016 – May 8, 2016. Tickets are available online at www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

Be sure to download the Get Connected mobile app to help navigate around the beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden. The app has a map of the exhibits, including your location, with information about each display.

Nature Connects App

 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the entire garden and play with 30,000 LEGO® bricks on hand during the exhibit’s run.

Sneak Peak

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour the garden and preview a handful of the sculptures (photos below). I loved it. Sean Kenney’s larger-than-life displays share the importance of making connections with the natural world and will delight garden visitors of all ages. The pieces are awe-inspiring and creative.

The installations throughout the garden afford the opportunity to discover each piece as you explore the garden’s 87 acres of blooming trees, flowers, native plants, and specialty gardens which are models of excellence for land reclamation and sustainability. Each display is perfectly placed. The hummingbird hovers over the flower garden. A single red rose blooms in the meadow next to the gazebo.

Kenney’s talent for capturing the color, beauty, and personality of nature using LEGO® bricks isspectacular. Whether it’s a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly that looks as if it could lift into flight at any moment or the fox stalking the rabbit, I was impressed with how lifelike they looked. I can’t wait to return and see the entire exhibit.

Fun Facts:

  • Tallest sculpture, created with 31,565 LEGO® bricks, is the Hummingbird.
  • Longest sculpture, created with 6,535 LEGO® bricks, is the Dragonfly.
  • Artist Sean Kenney is the world’s first LEGO® Certified Professional.
  • 13 displays, assembled with 27 figures, were creating using 464,770 LEGO® bricks.
  • Kenny spent more than 4,170 hours building the pieces.
  • The South Coast Botanic Garden exhibit is the only California appearance on the Nature Connects® 2016 schedule – don’t miss it!
Hummingbird - Nature Connects

Hummingbird and Flower – 31,565 LEGOs®

Hummingbird - Nature Connects LEGO

Hummingbird and Flower

Hummingbird - Nature Connects LEGO

Hummingbird and Flower

Fox and Rabbit - Nature Connects LEGO

Fox and Rabbit – 18,908 LEGOs®

Tiger Swallowtail Buttefly - Nature Connects LEGO

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – 37,481 LEGOs®

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - Nature Connects LEGO

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Rose in background)

Rose - Nature Connects LEGO

Rose

Rose - Nature Connects LEGO

Rose – 41,242 LEGOs®

Bumblebee - Nature Connects LEGO

Bumblebee – 16,382 LEGOs®

Bumblebee - Nature Connects LEGO

Bumblebee

Comments

  1. Fantastic review! Do you know if the Bison display is there? My son really wants to see that one.

    • Cathy Michalak says:

      Yes, the bison and calf are in the Sakura meadow at the northern edge of the garden. If you download the app you’ll see exactly where each piece is located.

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