Last weekend, we had a bit of a bright spot in our otherwise isolated lives. Finding ways to see people safely can be challenge these days. We planned a picnic with social distance to get a few of our car club buddies together. Unfortunately, none of our MINI friends we personally invited could make it, but we did have a nice group of new club members come that we enjoyed meeting. The morning was overcast, and there was a bit of rain, but we knew it would blow over. The MINIs all parked with spaces between so we could have a picnic with good social distance. We could walk around and chat, keeping six feet away from each other.
After most of the people that had signed up to come had arrived, we went to the gardens to walk on our own, and see the flowers and Lego sculptures. We could go inside the Baker Center with a mask for restrooms, but the exhibit area was still closed.
The same artist did an exhibit of these four years ago, and I posted about them on An Unusual Exhibit. There are over 100 sculptures in Sean Kenney’s series Nature Connects, and 14 of them are here for an outdoor exhibit that will run through summer. Two of the sculptures were here before, and 12 were new to us. The Dragonfly is over 8 feet long and has 27,788 legos. Awesome detail on huge wings.
The Peacock has 68,827 legos, and stood just over five feet tall, and five feet wide. Just look at the amazing artistry, it looks so true to life.
The Hummingbird is one of the returning sculptures, with an astonishing 61,107 legos, standing 6 feet high and over five feet long. There are more pictures and some closeups on my previous post on the exhibit four years ago.
The Pansy with its bumblebee was 4 feet high containing 29,314 legos.
I know this one will creep some of you out. The Corn Spider, a frequent visitor in our woods, was 3 feet wide and five feet tall, with 16,492 legos. It was hanging in a tree, and quite a surprise!
There were two deer sculptures. First was this doe and fawn with 37,879 legos, standing 4 feet high and six feet long. The amount of detail is amazing.
The companion buck stood over six feet tall, with 46,563 legos.
After walking around for about an hour, we came back to the cars for lunch. We had our own chairs and sat between the cars keeping good space between everyone. We could chat for a bit, and then go visit another group, standing in front of the cars to chat with those sitting. Doesn’t a sandwich just taste better in a fun red basket with festive checked paper? It reminds me of the drive-in diners of yesteryear, and a fun way to serve our lunch at a car club event.
When we were finished with lunch, we led a short drive, here leaving the Arboretum and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Half an hour later, we stopped for a photo op at an overlook. We had nine MINIs in all.
The mountains were shrouded in mist, and it was very quiet.
We continued our drive down Hwy 276 through the Pisgah Forest past Lookout Falls. Then everyone headed their own way home.
This was a nice day, and nice to do something closer to normal. This past week has been a bit trying, but I hope to get some sewing/crafting back on the calendar soon. I think My Sweet Babboo has solved the issue with my longarm, so I’ll reload the dahlia panel this week to continue. I am still just not very motivated, but hopefully some fun things coming up will get me in a better mood.
How are things going in your part of the world?