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Water|Ways May 27 – July 9, 2017

A Smithsonian traveling exhibition – Generously supported by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Association of Museums.

Water is a critical resource. An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape. Water’s impact on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Click here for more information.

Water|Ways focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water?

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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks July 22 – November 26, 2017

VLM Member Preview July 21 6:30-8:30pm

VLM Members are invited to a “Sneak Peak” preview of The Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit July 21 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. 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.

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 13 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, and Newport News Cultural Attractions.

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