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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO BRICKS

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks

FINAL WEEKS: Open Daily through December 17


Join us for Giant LEGO® brick sculptures, designed by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney, that bring nature to life with a six-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 84,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a seven-foot long dragonfly, and much more.  This spectacular combination of nature and art is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition created with over a half million LEGO® pieces.

The exhibit will be located in the Conservation Garden where visitors can view the 16 amazing sculptures, as well as, a Big Block Build Zone. A  LEGO® BRICK Creation Station will put guests’ creativity to the test along with age level building competitions and activities.

Created in partnership with Iowa State University, Nature Connects is foremost an educational platform and secondarily a means of artistic expression, as stated by Kenney on his website,

“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.  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.”

Presented by:






Sculpture Sponsors:

Wild Birds Unlimited- Yorktown, Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C., Newport News Arts Commission, York County Arts Commission, Newport News Cultural Attractions, Gately Communication Co., MAIHS Foundation, Harry & Judy Wason and Brickheadz

LEGO® Brick Creation Station Sponsor:  PMA Architecture






Brick Building Demonstrations are made possible thanks to:


Join us for demonstrations, builds and programming at the Virginia Living Museum.

COST: Included in Museum Admission

Complete Demonstration Schedule


Calling all LEGO artists…

Excitement is building for the My Own Creation (MOC) Contest

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.  Two prizes will be awarded for each competition:  “People’s Choice” ($25 VLM Gift Certificate) is awarded to the MOC that earns the highest number of visitor votes, and “VLM Pick” (Two Behind-the-Scenes tour tickets) chosen by our museum staff and volunteers.

Ages to Enter: 6 to Adult

Sponsored by:


   Complete Contest Info

BrickHeadz Jr. Robotics weekly enrichment program at the VLM

July 25 – November 26

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit enrichment program. LEGO® certified robotic kits will be provided for each guest to use during the class with full instruction and guidance from a BrickHeadz instructor.

COST: Included in Museum Admission.  MUST register.

 Complete info on BrickHeadz programs