Visit the Houston Botanical Garden this season to view the garden’s latest exhibition: Sean Kennedy’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks finds the garden populated with brilliant LEGO sculptures built with a message. [Featured image: @fortworthbotanicgarden]
Every artist has their medium: For Frida Kahlo it was paint, for Yo-Yo Ma the cello, and for Sean Kennedy it’s LEGOs. While some of us might find difficulty putting together a simple 2,000-piece NASA Saturn V replica, the award-winning artist has long thought outside the box (and accompanying instruction packets) building brilliant sculptures ranging from massive architectural replicas, photo-quality portraits, and life-sized models of cars, animals, and people.
Now, visitors can see his ingenious artwork at the Houston Botanical Garden, which is currently exhibiting Nature Connects:
“LEGOs are such an approachable medium. We’ve got problems with the environment, but LEGOs make it less austere. We’re all part of nature, whether we want to admit how urbanized we are or not. We occupy land, we’re part of the food chain, and we feed plants every time we breathe out. We’re intrinsically connected with nature, and I thought this art would be a fun way to talk about that,” Kenney said.
“The reason that we’re partnering with Imagine Exhibitions on Nature Connects is because these LEGO sculptures are nature-focused, and so everything in the exhibition are pieces that tell the story of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems,” said Houston Botanic Garden’s president, Claudia Gee Vassar.
“You get to see a little bit more about these different plants and creatures. There’s orchids, lilies, butterflies and other pieces as well on display. By placing them in our Susan Garver Family Discovery Garden, it will help people discover our plant exhibits, fall in love with all of the different kinds of plants, learn about how they can plant in their own gardens for pollinators, and help care for our planet through creating healthy ecosystems through the power of biodiversity.”
The exhibition is on display at the botanical garden daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Access to the exhibition is included with general admission costs. .