Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks

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

June 29 – September 22, 2019
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                                 Extended summer hours on Thursday nights till 9 p.m. at Flowers After 5

The wildly popular Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit is part of the “Art of Play” exhibit and runs June 28, 2019 – September 22, 2019.

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 24 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the Garden. Cost is included in regular Garden admission.

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 a Monarch butterfly, built from 37,000 LEGO pieces, draws attention to protecting the habitat of this beloved 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.

Exhibit and related activities, exhibits and demos included with Garden admission

$13 adults
$11 seniors 55+
$8 Children (age 3-12)
Free for Children under 3
Free for Garden Members

Tickets are available at the Garden 9 a.m to 5 p.m daily and can be bought at the door or online.

Scroll down to see photos and learn about build activities, exhibits and more.


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White Henry Lily

The artist purchased a lot of otherwise very rare pink LEGO pieces and used many small pieces layered to create a realistic looking flower center in a way that is structurally sound.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Hummingbird and Flower

31,565 LEGO pieces

Beyond close and long-term interaction between different species, numerous connections are often stronger. Many species co-evolved, seen here by the shape of the tube-shaped trumpet flower which matches the long, narrow beak of a hummingbird.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly survey networks have been established in many U.S. states to watch and count butterfly populations. Harmful changes in an ecosystem can be first detected by counting these easy to identify and fragile insect species.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Birds and Squirrels

Communication is one way animals stay connected. Communication through bird calls can be between individuals of the same species or even across species.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Snake and Mouse

These two animals represent a perfect example of how a balanced ecosystem works. Mice provide food for the snake, and the snake keeps mice populations at optimum levels to preserve their shared habitat.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Garden Worker

Because humans are on the top of the food chain, our activities have deep-rooted and often permanent impacts on our planet. Individual effort, whether through the preservation of wild lands or the simple act of responsibly tending a garden, makes a significant impact on nature.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Photo Op Cut-Out

29,578 LEGO pieces

Guests can be part of the exhibit. This mosaic cut out allows people to photograph themselves as part of the display.
Photo: Sean Kenney Studios

Related Activities, Exhibits & Demos

On-Going Activities

Build Opportunities: Mosaic Building with LEGO Pieces
Fun for all ages! More information coming soon.

Brick Quest! 
Pick up a special edition of Brick Quest (a scavenger hunt for kids of all ages) at the admissions desk during the exhibition and follow the clues to six special sculptures throughout the Garden.

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On-Going Exhibits

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