We are fortunate in this area to be blessed with not only the Blue Ridge Parkway, and gorgeous mountains, but the North Carolina Arboretum just next to the parkway. It is less than a half hour away, so DH and I drove over to it over the weekend to see a most unusual exhibit. I took over 150 pictures while we were there, but I promise I won’t show you all of them today, LOL!! Some will have to wait for more posts later. I wanted to show you all this first, the Lego Sculptures by artist Sean Kenney. If you live in the area, make time to see this extraordinary work. The NC Arboretum is one of several exhibit sites, with more all over the country. There are over 100 sculptures in Sean Kenney’s series Nature Connects, and we are lucky to have 14 of them here for a limited time exhibit.
Although all of the sculptures are impressive, this Monarch on Milkweed was really a striking in its detail and colors. Up close, the legos look like a jumble of colors. Smaller and larger pieces, with dark and light shades create the illusion.
Then, step back and the eye blends the colors into an extraordinary sight. This Monarch on Milkweed sculpture contains 60,549 legos, the largest number of all the exhibits. It is four feet wide and over four feet tall.
I think I took the most photos of this one too, I was so enchanted by the design and the intricacies of the work. I cannot imagine what it took to make this. Sean Kenney did an interview with the NC Arboretum to discuss his work, and this piece which is a favorite. He spent over 160 hours just in design! See the interview HERE.
Right in front of the Baker center is a Hummingbird with a Bellflower. Dramatic in its appearance, the hummingbird is suspended in air over the flower. Fascinating to just admire, and it is huge, over 6 feet high.
I didn’t make a note as to how many legos are in this one, but it has to be well over 50,000.
This one has a bit of whimsy, depicting the battle between squirrels and birds for the seeds in the feeders.
Again the detail close up is extraordinary, all done with legos!
The Pileated Woodpecker was high in a tree, just like you see them in nature. It had 4,424 legos.
Near a pond, the Duck and Ducklings sculpture had 6,927 legos.
The Sundial was huge too, with 27,869 legos and had a little bluebird sitting near the top.
The placement of the sculptures was part of the artistry. The Bald Eagle was placed high overhead, to emphasize the majesty of the bird. It was a grey morning, but you can see mountains in the distant background of the picture partially obscured with low rain clouds. The eagle and its tree perch contained 42,198 legos, and was 59 inches tall.
The Giant Praying Mantis was one of my favorites, peeking out over the top of the wildflower garden, it was a whimsical surprise.
Circling around the garden to see it, the size is impressive standing five feet tall!
Again, the detail of the legs and tail are so amazing!
These were just so much fun to see these, wonderful from every angle. There were 52,164 legos in this piece.
Then near the quilt garden was the Giant White Lily containing 32,514 legos. It was three feet tall, and 84 inches long from leaf end to the stem end.
Incredible, they really need to be seen in person.
If you live within driving distance of the North Carolina Arboretum, plan a day to see this extraordinary exhibit. I only showed you half of the sculptures, there are more to see. It will be here until October 23rd. I would even think of running down to South Carolina to see their exhibit as it would have different ones. More are on loan to gardens in Iowa, Indiana and Virginia.
What do you think of this exhibit?