Lego-sculpting master adds brick life to public gardens

We're pretty big Lego fans here at DVICE. You've seen all the Lego geekery we've found out there — superhero homages, cityscapes and more. With summer upon us perhaps it's time we saw some Lego sculptures with nature as the subject.

Reiman Gardens, one of the largest public gardens in Iowa, is the host to an exhibition called "Nature Connects" by Lego artist Sean Kenney. As visitors travel through the 14-acre garden that serves as entry to Iowa State University, they can marvel at the 27 Lego sculptures depicting everything from lilypads, birds and butterflies, and range in size from six inches to a massive eight-foot-tall mother bison.

The detailed Lego works of art are created from close to 500,000 Lego bricks, put together by Kenney and his team. Based in New York City, Kenny is the first of only of 11 Certified Lego Builders. In other words, playing with Legos is his full time job.

On his website, Kenney describes the process as starting out by just sitting down and fitting the bricks together and seeing how things take shape. From his photos he and his team look like sculptors — just with brightly colored, hard plastic pieces instead of clay.

His creations are so incredibly detailed and seem to defy gravity that it is little wonder they appeal to adults and kids alike.

Treehugger reports when the "Nature Connects" exhibition opened at Reiman Gardens as part of their 2012 Some Assembly Required theme in April it broke attendance records for April and May.

The "Nature Connects" exhibit will be at the Reiman Gardens until October 28, 2012 before it moves on to another garden installation. Those interested in visiting the Reiman Gardens can find more information on their site.

Have a look at a sample of the just a few of the pieces — we wouldn't want to spoil the in-person experience if it comes to a public garden near you!

Images are courtesy of Reiman Gardens and Sean Kenney

Sean Kenney, Reiman Gardens , via Treehugger

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