Now – Sept. 3, 2018
FREE with Zoo admission or membership. Be amazed at the larger-than-life sculptures of wildlife designed by Artist Sean Kenney. His talented team of builders spent over 6,500 hours and used over 770,000 LEGO® bricks to create 13 impressive works of art hoping to inspire you to learn more about endangered wildlife and to join us as we strive to build a better future for wildlife, brick-by-brick.
Discover these larger-than-life sculptures set within the natural scenery of the Louisville Zoo. Stand in awe next to the coral reef, marvel at a gigantic rainbow-colored chameleon, come nose-to-nose with a crouching snow leopard and more!
Just as LEGO bricks interconnect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance. Each sculpture in Nature Connects® depicts a different vulnerable species (with one already extinct): animals that could use our help. The collection comes together to help visitors understand the connection between animal conservation and our world. Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how the sculptures relate to animal conservationists working to build a better future for these animals.
See videos of Sean Kenny’s building philosophy as well as a time lapse film of his work on the Hummingbird sculpture now on display.
- LEGO bricks were first sold in 1958. A LEGO brick from 1958 will still fit with a LEGO brick created in 2018.
- A LEGO brick can withstand up to 950 pounds of force!
- The LEGO name is made from the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well.”
- There are 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks.
- Sean has more than four tons of LEGO bricks in his Brooklyn studio.
- Artist Sean Kenney signs a white LEGO brick and places it in a hidden location on each of his sculptures.
- The polar bear sculpture uses the most bricks of any sculpture in this Nature Connects® exhibit!
- Each LEGO brick used in the Nature Connects® sculptures is bonded with a special solvent and then the entire piece is shellacked to keep the brick colors from fading.