Outside Art With Lego’s

Galapagos Tortoise & Finch.  Made with 23,317 Lego's

Galapagos Tortoise & Finch. Made with 23,317 Lego’s

Yesterday, we spent a perfect summer day out at the Arboretum.  This is one of our annual activities each summer and always one of my favorites.  Each year they have an artist’s display amongst the flowers and we take our map and go exploring to find the art.  This year’s theme is Art With Lego’s.  The artist is Sean Kenney,  a renowned, award-winning artist and “professional kid” who uses LEGO®brick pieces to design and  create contemporary sculpture for high-profile clients, major corporations, and venues around the globe.

I found this interesting while researching.  Sean doesn’t work for The LEGO® Brick Company…he’s just their best customer! He is not sponsored, endorsed, paid, employed, (or whatever!) by them in any way, but they have recognized him for his proficiency.

There were 13 whimsical interpretations of nature out in the gardens that we discovered yesterday.  The smallest display using a little over 9,000 bricks, while the largest used over 84,000!  Can you imagine the patience this man has?  Each sculpture had a description of the art, how many Legos were used and how many hours it took to make it.  Very impressed with them all.

This was part of the largest display called...Deer Family.

This was part of the largest display called…Deer Family.

We were amazed at how the artist could make some of his art appear to have “shading” and so much texture to his designs.  If you got too close, it looked like Pixels on a computer screen.  We laughed and found they are better to look at a little farther back.

Would love to know how he balanced this~

Would love to know how he balanced this~  Little over 61,000 Legos.

Grandfather & Grandchild Gardening.  Close to 47,000 Legos used.

Grandfather & Grandchild Gardening. Close to 47,000 Legos used.

My favorite one out there had to be the birdbath.  It was so cute and the colors were amazing to me.  It looked so real, you forgot it’s made out of plastic toys!

The water looks so real!

The water looks so real!  Over 14,000 Legos

A few more we thought were neat…

It was hard to capture this one.   39,000+ Legos

It was hard to capture this one. 39,000+ Legos

This was impressive!    A little more than 29,000 Legos used.

This was impressive!
A little more than 29,000 Legos used.

Found this dragonfly down by the pond. Close to 28,000 Legos needed.

Found this dragonfly down by the pond.
Close to 28,000 Legos needed.

This was the first one we saw.  Whoa!  We knew this was going to be fun to see. Used over 68,000 Legos.

This was the first one we saw. Whoa! We knew this was going to be fun to see.
Used over 68,000 Legos.

As we walked around the Arboretum, we also enjoyed the flowers that were very much still in bloom.  We typically go out here in late June and see more plants and flowers blooming, but we still had lots to see, but some of our favorites were done blooming.  By going later in the summer, it gave us a chance to see some flowers that were new to us.  We didn’t get to go into the rose garden because of a wedding on this day, but my guess is, that most of those are past their peek.  The herb gardens were flourishing and smelled so wonderful.  It made us want to go home, pick our herbs, and make a dinner with them.

Beautiful hanging baskets in the herb gardens.

Beautiful hanging baskets in the herb gardens.

Love the pink & yellow combination in this garden.

Love the pink & yellow combination in this garden.

Another one of our favorite gardens is the Japanese Garden.  It has the sound of the waterfall in the background, Koi fish swimming in the pond, and those wonderful, sculpted Bonsai trees and bushes everywhere you look.  Such a relaxing spot.  Nate took a picture of Kelly in this garden.

Love!

Love!

We all love to have our phones with us and take our own version of a flower or plant.  Its fun to go home and share our photos and see the different angles of the very same flower and how unique each picture can be.

My very own Ansel Adams~

My very own Ansel Adams~

oooh,  I want these for next season.

oooh, I want these for next season.

Kelly couldn’t resist touching this pretty bulb.

Kelly couldn’t resist touching this pretty bulb.

The Arboretum added a new Conservatory which we were thrilled to go see.  It was like a mini greenhouse filled with succulents, cactus, vines, and other plants that need the heat to grow.   It was gorgeous in here and hopefully they will expand this someday.

A vine of hearts~ cute!

A vine of hearts~ cute!

Simple & so pretty~

Simple & so pretty~

I bet this hurts if you touch it.  Ouch!

I bet this hurts if you touch it. Ouch!

Reminded me of the Como Conservatory on a much smaller scale.

Reminded me of the Como Conservatory on a much smaller scale.

As we were walking around…we spotted this ugly creature!

Ewww!!!!    scary giant corn spider made with 16,000 Legos.

Ewww!!!!
Scary giant corn spider made with 16,000 Legos.

We ended our day at the the entry area and strolled around the grounds a little while longer.  It was so nice out and we hated to end our day when we’re surrounded by such beauty.

Thanks Kel for hanging out with Mom & Dad today.

Thanks Kel for hanging out with Mom & Dad today.

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3 comments

  1. Amazing ,I know you are suppose to go for the pretty flowers but the Lego sculpture were fabulous.My favorite the tortoise so realistic.
    Loved the pic of you and Nate,looks like you were in a quaint cottage garden..Perfect way to spend a day .

  2. Lovely pictures! I always forget about visiting that place. I felt like I was there with you! Can you imagine how expensive it was to order all of those Legos?!!!

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