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.
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.
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!
A few more we thought were neat…
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we were walking around…we spotted this ugly creature!
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.