Brookgreen Gardens will host 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo from April 8 – September 5, 2016. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children’s author, “Nature Connects” is an award winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost 400,000 LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot tall hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long giant dragonfly, and more. The exhibit will be open daily and is included in garden admission.
“Nature Connects is a perfect fit for us,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “It combines nature with art in a playful and creative way and its placement in the Native Wildlife Zoo will bring more awareness of that aspect of our mission.”
The exhibit will feature interpretive panels with an educational message for each sculpture to help connect children with the natural world and promote sustainability and conservation. In addition, there will be educational activities such as a LEGO® sculpture building contest, scavenger hunts, and 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for guests to play, build, and use their imagination during their visit.
LEGOS currently is recognized as the number one brand in the world and is guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough.” The company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning.
For nearly a decade, Sean Kenney has been using LEGO toys as a medium for contemporary sculpture. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC news, ELLE, Good Morning America, and he has created pieces for television shows, celebrities, tourist attractions, and fortune 500 companies around the world. Sean Kenney was the first of now only 13 “LEGO® Certified Professionals” worldwide, who are not employees of LEGO, but who are officially recognized by the LEGO Group as trusted business partners because of their building proficiency, their enthusiasm for the LEGO® brick and building system, and a professional approach towards other LEGO fans and the broader public. Each sculpture touches people as both a reflection from their childhood and as a sculptural piece of art. Sean aims to spark creativity in the viewer, especially in the case of a child, who can not only visualize creating something great themselves, but who can actually go home and do so.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.