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LEGO sculptures resemble life at Virginia Living Museum

A giant LEGO butterfly will be a part of the Virginia Living Museum’s Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit. (Courtesy Virginia Living Museum)

LEGOs are coming to life this summer at the Virginia Living Museum.

The exhibit Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks will be on display at the museum from July 22 through November 26, according to a press release.

Seventeen nature-inspired sculptures made from LEGOs will be spread throughout the museum’s Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas. 

The sculptures include a 7-foot-long dragonfly, a deer family composed of 48,000 LEGO bricks, a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a flower, a giant Galapagos tortoise, among others.

The LEGO creations featured in Nature Connects are the creations of artist Sean Kenney.  Kenney has created sculptures out of LEGO toys for a decade, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and television programs.

“Working with the medium of LEGO bricks brings new and exciting form to sculpture, dictated by a limited palette, grids and blocky forms,” Kenney said in the release.

LEGO enthusiasts and museum guests will also be able to make their own creations at the LEGO BRICK Creation Station and the Big Block Build Zone. 

Throughout the exhibit, guests will be encouraged to build science, technology, engineering, art and math-themed LEGO sculptures. Age-appropriate make-your-own-creation contests will also be held on weekends August through November, with prizes awarded.

The museum will also provide demonstrations presented by local organizations of LEGO enthusiasts, including BrickHeadZ, HARDLUG and First LEGO League.

(Courtesy Virginia Living Museum)

The Virginia Living Museum is open daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children between ages three and twelve, and free for those two and younger. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks is included with museum admission.

The Museum is located in Newport News at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. For more information visit the museum’s website or call 757-595-1900.

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