NATURE CONNECTS®: ART WITH LEGO® BRICKS MAY 27 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 PRESS RELEASE

Half-a-million LEGO bricks create giant flowers, birds, insects & more

See images and descriptions of the sculptures

See a “By-the-Numbers” factsheet & background about the artist and exhibit

RICHMOND, VA – A big bumblebee weighing 60 pounds; a dramatic dragonfly with a three-and-a-half-foot wingspan; and a soaring seven-foot-tall red rose: these are just a few of the sculptures on display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden May 27 – September 18, 2016, as part of Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks. Created with half-a-million LEGO® bricks, the award-winning exhibit by New York artist Sean Kenney will feature 27 sculptures in 14 displays throughout the Garden. Cost is included in regular Garden admission:  $13 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3 – 12; free for children under age 3 and members.

Many of the sculptures are larger than life and highlight the interconnectivity of all living things. For example, an oversized hummingbird and flower demonstrate concepts of co-evolution. A centerpiece sculpture of an Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, built from 37,000 LEGO pieces, draws attention to protecting the habitat of Virginia’s State Insect. There’s even a chance for guests to be part of the exhibit with a photo opportunity built into a mosaic of a garden scene. Related activities and exhibits included with regular Garden admission are at lewisginter.org and below:

  • OPENING WEEKEND!
    May 27 – 29; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    LEGO Users Group Train Show
    Kelly Education Center

    LEGO Users Groups (LUGs) from Washington, D.C., Hampton Roads, Virginia and Pennsylvania build displays featuring electric model trains chugging through buildings, farms, gardens and more – all created with LEGO bricks.
  • Exhibit: Brian Korte: Botanical Mosaics with LEGO Bricks
    May 27 – September 18; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Lora M. Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center
    Richmond artist Brian Korte of Brickworkz LLC creates elaborate scenes with his mosaics made from LEGO pieces.
  • Build Opportunities: Mosaic Building with LEGO Pieces
    Daily, May 27 – September 18; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Lora M. Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center Library
    Fun for all ages!
  • Build Opportunity: Good Green Fun with LEGO Bricks
    June – August, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. – noon
    Children’s Garden
    In the “Play and Let it Stay” build area, visitors of all ages can create, tinker, take apart, build and collaborate using LEGO bricks. There will be a different nature based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) challenge posted each week!
  • Exhibit: Building STEAM: LEGO MOC Exhibit
    Daily, May 27 – September 18; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Lora M. Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center
    Interesting and unique MOC (My Own Creation) displays, created by builders of all ages.
  • VirginiaFIRST Demos
    VirginiaFIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit international organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • VirginiaFIRST Robot Demo Day
    Saturday, May 28;
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Children’s Garden

    Engaging and fun demonstration of the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot.
  • VirginiaFIRST Tech Challenge Team Demo Day
    Saturday, June 18; 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Kelly Education Center, Classroom 2
  • VirginiaFIRST Robotics Challenge Team Demo Day
    Saturday, July 9; 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Kelly Education Center, Auditorium
    Local robotics teams will show off their custom robots and demonstrate the robots’ abilities with  challenges related to eco-friendly concepts.

The Garden is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours during Flowers After 5 on Thursday nights in June, July, August and on September 1 and 8. These evenings include live music, dining, children’s activities and two special events:

  • Flowers After 5: Family Fun Night with LEGO Bricks
    June 16; 5 – 9 p.m.
    Discounted admission on this night only! $10 adults (age 12 and older, free admission for children under age 12) A special Flowers After 5 night with additional activities for families. Presented by the Garden’s Board of Associates.
  • Outdoor Movie Night: “The LEGO® Movie”
    September 1; 8 – 10 p.m.
    Regular Garden admission
    Celebrate the end of summer by staying after Flowers After 5 for an outdoor movie! Kick back on the Terrace Lawn to watch “The LEGO® Movie.”The non-profit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a mission focused on education and a passion for connecting people and plants to improve the community. The Garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Va.; to learn more, visit lewisginter.org.

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