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Nature Connects Member Preview

Date(s) - July 21st
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


VLM Members are invited to a “Sneak Peak” preview of The Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit. Members will have an opportunity to explore this outdoor exhibit and participate in games, and other family fun activities. The Nature Connects exhibit opens to general admission visitors on July 22, 2017.

Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney.

The sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long dragonfly and more. This spectacular combination of nature and art will be featured outdoors in the Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas.

“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,” says Kenney on his website.

“And of course, people have a connection with nature, whether you’re trimming a bonsai tree or planting a garden, or anything else: you are a part of nature. I hope that you can look at Nature Connects and appreciate both nature and the sculptures as something beautiful, and I also hope you’re inspired to go home and create something wonderful yourself.”

Created in partnership with Iowa State University, Nature Connects is foremost an educational platform and secondarily a means of artistic expression.

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