February 10, 2020

Nature Connects®, Art With LEGO® Bricks Returns

Award-Winning Traveling Exhibit Will Connect Guests to Vanishing Species from July 17-Oct. 31

 

Denver Zoo is home to nearly 3,000 animals representing 450 species, including many that are vulnerable, threatened, endangered or even extinct in the wild. And soon, a few more awe-inspiring creatures will make a temporary visit to the Zoo, and make an even deeper connection between guests and vanishing wildlife.

For the first time since 2015, Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks returns to Denver Zoo with more than 15 nature-inspired creations by Artist Sean Kenney. The award-winning exhibit invites guests to connect to nature and the world’s rarest species through life-size and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures, placed throughout the Zoo and made entirely of LEGO bricks. Guests are invited to enjoy the sculptures as part of their regular admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day (weather dependent) between July 17 and Oct. 31.

Sean Kenney’s snow leopard is made of 31,577 LEGO bricks and 
measures 8 feet from head to tail.
Sean Kenney’s snow leopard is made of 31,577 LEGO bricks and measures 8 feet from head to tail.

It took Sean and his staff months and nearly 1 million LEGO bricks to create the sculptures, which feature a number of vulnerable, threatened and endangered species, including a snow leopard, monarch butterfly, whooping crane, coral reef, jeweled chameleon, black rhino, African lion and polar bear with her three cubs.

The whooping crane is made of 43,678 LEGO bricks with white dots that represent the 318 individuals in the world.
The whooping crane is made of 43,678 LEGO bricks with white dots that represent the 318 individuals in the world.

Sean Kenney is a renowned, award-winning artist and “professional kid” who uses LEGO bricks to design and create contemporary sculptures for high-profile clients, major corporations and venues around the globe for more than 15 years. His traveling exhibitions have been touring North America, Asia and Europe since 2012, heralded as “an incredible exhibition” by Lonely Planet that Vogue say is “bound to make visitors stare.” Sean has also authored nine acclaimed children’s books, including “Building Amazing Creations” and “Cool Creations in 101 Pieces.”

The nearly life-sized black rhino sculpture measures 12 feet long and 6 feet tall, and is made of 86,361 LEGO bricks.
The nearly life-sized black rhino sculpture measures 12 feet long and 6 feet tall, and is made of 86,361 LEGO bricks.

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