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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO BRICKS

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks

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

Public: July 22 – Nov. 26, Open Daily


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.

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.

Presented by





Sculpture Sponsors:

Wild Birds Unlimited- Yorktown, Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C., Newport News Arts Commission, and Newport News Cultural Attractions.


Calling all LEGO artists…

Let’s Build “STEAM” with Lego Bricks

We want people of all ages to build a Lego sculpture based on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) theme! During our “Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks” exhibit you can enter your design for a chance to win great prizes. NOTE: More detailed information regarding competitions will be posted soon.
Check out the age ranges and competition dates below:

Ages 6
& Under
Ages 18
& Up
Aug. 5 Aug. 12 Aug. 19 Aug. 26
Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23
Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28
Nov. 4 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Nov. 25

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