Just as LEGO® pieces connect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance. The latest exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Nature Connects, expresses the woven intricacies of the natural world through the popular children’s toy. Artist Sean Kenny from New York created a collection of 25 giant sculptures, which he made using over 700,000 LEGO® bricks. From a poised giant rose to an enormous dangling spider, these beautiful, awe-inspiring artworks adorn the 83-acre garden.
Conservation, prey and predator relationships, ecological balance, and mankind’s relationship to the earth are themes presented in the exhibition. For artist Sean Kenny, protecting an animal’s habitat, planting a garden, and riding a bike instead of a car are important. He chose to incorporate these elements into the LEGO® sculptures. For instance, one of the pieces titled Fox and Rabbit is set within the Organic Vegetable Garden. Little white and grey bunnies munch innocently on the plants unaware of their impending doom while foxes prowl nearby. Another life-sized sculpture is of a man on a bicycle, which inspires viewers to choose more environmentally friendly transportation options.
Nature Connects is presented by Imagine Exhibitions, and it is on view until August 28th, 2022. For more information visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an 83-acre tropical paradise located in the Heart of Miami. Founded and named after Dr. David Fairchild, one of the most famous plant explorers in history, the Garden’s outstanding botanical collection has been a fundamental part of the institution’s existence since 1938. Fairchild is home to a significant collection of palms, cycads, and rare tropical plants. It is also home to the only tropical rainforest in the continental US and Wings of the Tropics, an exotic butterfly exhibit featuring butterfly specimens from all over the world. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 300,000 schoolchildren each year with programs like The Fairchild Challenge, The Million Orchid Project, Growing Beyond Earth, and its BioTECH High School. The Garden is a not-for-profit organization committed to harnessing the power of plants for humankind and sharing the joy of tropical gardening with everyone. Fairchild Garden is known for its outstanding signature events. From Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals, to concerts, classes, art exhibitions, and plant shows, Fairchild has something for everyone. Additionally, Fairchild is a premier location for outdoor weddings and private events. With gorgeous vistas and spectacular event spaces, the Garden is the perfect location to celebrate all of life’s important moments. Information at http://www.fairchildgarden.org and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, with millions of people around the world visiting our exhibitions each year. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With decades of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit http://www.ImagineExhibitions.com or find us on Facebook.
Sean Kenney is an award-winning artist who uses LEGO pieces as a medium for contemporary sculpture, portraiture, and commercial art. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in the field and is a founding member of several global programs that aim to encourage and support this emerging art form. Millions of people have visited his exhibitions, he has authored 9 children’s books, and The LEGO Group collaborated with him as an official partner for 14 years. Sean’s work has been acclaimed by The New York Times, PBS Arts, BBC Arts, and Vogue, and he continues to create every day at his studio in Brooklyn.