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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

Open Daily – Exhibit now extended to December 17, 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 84,000 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.

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

The exhibit will be located in the Virginia Living Museum Conservation Garden where you can not only view the 16 amazing sculptures, you can enter a “castle themed” Big Block Build Zone and sit on a throne made of blocks (photo op). A  LEGO® BRICK Creation Station will also put guests’ creativity to the test along with age level building competitions and activities.

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Sculpture Sponsors:

Wild Birds Unlimited- Yorktown, Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C., Newport News Arts Commission, York County Arts Commission, Newport News Cultural AttractionsGately Communication Co., and Brickheadz

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The Art and Science of Arachnids

January 20 – April 10, 2018


The Art & Science of Arachnids is not your typical “bug” exhibit. The Art & Science of Arachnids is an  exhibit on how society perceives arachnids in Science, Art and Culture.

The Art & Science of Arachnids, invites guests to experience “creepy” animals in a fun, meaningful way. Cultural connections and answers to the question of “why are arachnids important to me” foster a new appreciation of these eight-legged marvels.

100 live arachnids are displayed in 3 self-contained, locked cubes. Each cube has a different theme. The Science Cube discusses not only spiders and scorpions, but introduces guests to other types of arachnids. It also highlights deadly spiders of North America (no live specimens are exhibited). Also, arachnids in medical research is shown. The “Arts” Cube illustrates the importance of arachnids in music, literature, and film. The Culture Cube discusses arachnid conservation, arachnids as food, and arachnid folklore and mythology. Each cube has a TV monitor and video curator who explains the theme of each cube.

Hands-on interactives enhance the experience. Included are also opportunities for visitors to engage in a live arachnid meet and greet. Trained keepers will bring the nuances of the species to life with amazing facts and lively tales. Guests will learn what arachnids eat, how they survive in the wild, their natural predators and challenges to their survival, and how – as individuals and families – they can play a vital part in preserving arachnids and their habitats. There are several other stand-alone interactives and displays. These include:

  • Fangs, Claws, and Stingers.
  • How Do Arachnids Grow?
  • Silk
  • Arachnid Anatomy
  • The Tarantella
  • Spider Lab
  • Art Gallery
  • How Do You Measure Up to an Arachnid?
  • Arachnid Mobility
  • Predator Prey robotics
  • Arachnid Arena
  • Arachne’s Weave-A-Web

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