From I-26, take exit 33; from I-40, use exit #47 (Farmers Market). The exhibition displays the work of acclaimed artist Sean Kenney—known for his incredible ability to create striking and … Among the fanciful sculptures on display are a 5-foot-tall colorful peacock, a giant dragonfly, a bonsai tree and a massive monarch butterfly. With the exhibit being one of the first major social opportunities for local residents since the COVID-19 outbreak, do you feel the sculptures offer a distinct emotional experience or other potentials for personal growth and communal connection that it’s never quite offered before? Arboretum entrance is … We look forward to seeing you! Some of our larger and more detailed sculptures can take nearly a year to design and build. Performance art moved online, Broadway singers united over Zoom video, theatrical movie releases went straight to streaming video services, children’s book authors doodled with kids over lunch, celebrities and political figures hosted read-a-longs, and more. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion. The LEGO Sculpture Traveling Exhibit, “Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks by Sean Kenney” comes back to the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville with 14 larger than life sculptures that are created with 500,000+ LEGO Bricks, combining the living world, art, play, science, education and entertainment, placed throughout the gardens. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Daytime admission to Nature Connects is free; however, a standard $16 parking fee applies to non-Arboretum members. LEGO® Exhibit at NC Arboretum Combines Education & Entertainment. Chris and I took an early morning trip to the Arboretum located at 100 Fredirick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville last week to view the amazing exhibit that is currently on display until November 1st. The Lego Group does not sponsor or endorse me or my work. The North Carolina Arboretum 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 28806-9315 It’s been traveling the world since 2012, visiting nearly 100 botanical gardens, arboretums, zoos and science centers across the U.S., Europe and Asia. 113 reviews of The North Carolina Arboretum "This is a great place to stop if you're visiting the Asheville area and want to spend some time outside but close to town. See here for our terms of service. Fundamentally, the show is about connections. For Sean Kenney, in many ways, it has defined his career. - See 2,580 traveler reviews, 1,603 candid photos, and great deals for Asheville, NC, at Tripadvisor. Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. Asheville Fringe Arts Festival embraces digital format, Green in brief: SAHC conserves nearly 3,000 acres; OGS gets social, Submit student art, writing for 2021 Kids Issue, Corrective lens: Edwin Arnaudin’s favorite articles in 2020, A&E Roundup: YMI, local artists celebrate Kwanzaa. All of the sculptures are steel-reinforced, fully glued and then coated with a special UV-protectant lacquer to protect the plastic from the rays of the sun. Featuring 16 larger-than-life-size sculptures placed throughout the Arboretum’s gardens and created with nearly 500,000 LEGO Bricks, this family-friendly event draws inspiration from the living world. The statue is of Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of American Landscape Architecture. We have three installers and a show director that work together with the local garden’s facilities staff to first determine where each sculptures will be sited and how to best landscape them. Which sculptures were particularly challenging to conceive and complete? It only takes a moment. Others are inspired by watching nature videos online. The North Carolina Arboretum, the 434-acre public garden located just south of downtown Asheville, is pleased to unveil the one-of-a-kind exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, a whimsical, toy-filled outdoor adventure. The North Carolina Arboretum, the 434-acre public garden located just south of downtown Asheville, is pleased to unveil the one-of-a-kind exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, a whimsical, toy-filled outdoor adventure. Just as Lego pieces interconnect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance — insects and plants have important relationships; different species of animals have special relationships with each other; animals have connections with their families just like we do. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the fact that when we have nothing else, we always have the arts. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. What’s involved in transporting the sculptures to Asheville? All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. All the sculptures were built in my private studio in Brooklyn between 2011-2020. 109 reviews of The North Carolina Arboretum "This is a great place to stop if you're visiting the Asheville area and want to spend some time outside but close to town. Having our grandchildren visit again and since they love “LEGO’s” we were excited to visit the Lego Exhibit at the Arboretum. The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. For example, the design of the hummingbird sculpture just “popped” in my head the minute someone said “hummingbird.” I immediately had this vision of something that you could actually walk under, suspended as if by magic. One of the things that the lockdowns have shown us is that the arts are a critical part of our social well-being. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. Experience: “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks” at The North Carolina Arboretum What we tried (with pricing): We chose a beautiful late summer day to head to the Arboretum, but don’t worry – the exhibit runs through Nov. 1, so you have plenty of time to check it out as the seasons shift. As an added bonus, Nature Connects will take center stage during the Arboretum’s ArborEvenings summer after-hours series. We share your inclination to get the whole story. Originally set to open in May but delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the exhibit – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a community partner – opened July 1 with an extended schedule, and will remain on display through November 1, 2020. The exhibit is called Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney. The North Carolina Arboretum is hosting LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney’s travelling exhibition, Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks.. LEGO Certified Professional (LCP) Sean Kenney’s touring Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks exhibition has arrived at the North Carolina Arboretum, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA.It will be in place at the gardens until November 1. COVID update: The North Carolina Arboretum has updated their hours and services. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Thank you. Enjoy A Special Exhibit Or Event Just like a museum, the NC Arboretum hosts special exhibits. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum… Originally set to open in May, the exhibit has been postponed until July, but will have an extended schedule and remain open until November 1. EXCELLENT Lego Exhibit Review of The North Carolina Arboretum Reviewed December 31, 2013 On a family Holiday outing, to get the 18 month old out of the house, we ventured to see the outdoor Lego Exhibit, large lego constructions that, if you ever built with lego's, can capture your imagination. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall. This is a fabulous day trip from Greenville and there’s plenty of space to spread out and safely enjoy the arboretum! ASHEVILLE – Visitors to the North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden just south of Asheville, will enjoy a fun, toy-filled outdoor adventure this summer at the Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. The North Carolina Arboretum’s exhibit Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit checks all three boxes. I have to purchase my Lego pieces. Nature Connects was developed in conjunction with Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens in 2011 and has been on tour since early 2012. And beyond that — we crave the arts. WOW, that’s crazy! I did, however, have the privilege of being the first person in the world to whom they sold pieces in bulk. Each sculpture can have a different process. Sean is the artist behind the Arboretum’s newest exhibit Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks, an outdoor exhibit … They were something that were always there as a way to create and express myself. For those convinced that LEGO Bricks are just building blocks used by children—you’re in for a surprise at The North Carolina Arboretum. Depending on the size of the sculpture, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Sixteen nature-inspired sculptures are currently on display through Nov. 1 at The North Carolina Arboretum — which has hosted the exhibit twice before, most recently in 2016 — and features 14 new works alongside the returning hummingbird and monarch butterfly. The saying “do what you love” is something we have all heard at some point in our lives. On display January 16 – May 2 inside the Baker Exhibit Center. I’ve been doing this professionally for over 15 years, but I’ve always loved to create. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks from artist Sean Kenney, returns with 14 larger-than-life sculptures created with nearly 500,000 LEGO pieces. We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Christopher Smith, rector at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, takes us inside the cathedral for a look at progress on the renovation. Xpress needs help, too. They have some nice hiking trails, a nice center with gift shop, info etc. Installing the show is quite a huge feat. I was a total “Lego maniac,” and Lego toys were usually the only toys I ever asked for when my birthday would come around each year. Fr. Some sculptures are the results of my creative team brainstorming and sketching for weeks. Is there glue or anything else holding the sculptures together — or simply the Legos themselves? Whitney Smith is from the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. She says with all the sculptures combines there are about 500,000 bricks! NC Arboretum LEGO “Nature Connects” Exhibit is shown through October 23, 2016.Displayed throughout the gardens are 14 large-scale sculptures of LEGO nature art using more than 370,000 pieces created by Sean Kenney, the award-winning artist named as the first LEGO … The traveling exhibit was delayed by the pandemic for its planned May opening. Composed of nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, Nature Connects includes 16 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale by renowned artist Sean Kenney. — the installers use forklifts and Bobcats and pallet jacks to unload the truck and move the sculptures around. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. This year, the Arboretum is extending the dates and times of ArborEvenings: The event will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July through September, from 8 to 11 p.m. (some exclusion dates apply; please check the Arboretum’s website for details). I’m proud that my sculptures are able to be on display for people to enjoy during this time. The Brooklyn-based artist’s Nature Connects exhibit contains over half a million Lego bricks and took approximately 4,700 hours to design and build. The self-guided tour meanders through the gardens, which begin outside of the Baker Exhibit Center. Proceeds from ArborEvenings go to support The North Carolina Arboretum Society, the Arboretum’s 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial assistance to further support the Arboretum’s mission and educational programming. N.C. Arboretum's Whimsical LEGO Sculpture Exhibit Brings Nature to Life. Creating a spindly little nose and paper-thin wings built out of chunky Lego pieces seemed like a wonderful challenge and, if done right, something that would look amazing. The beautiful bricks are finally back at The North Carolina Arboretum. Directions: The NC Arboretum is located off NC Highway 191, south of Asheville. and a really cool bonsai exhibit that is one of the coolest things we've seen in a while. Some of the largest sculptures, when crated, weigh over 500 pounds! Specifically this is a very popular traveling exhibit that has 500,000 Legos. Please be patient if your comment does not appear immediately. And, of course, people have a connection with nature, whether you’re trimming a bonsai tree, or planting a garden or anything else — you are a part of nature. Composed of more than 370,000 LEGO bricks, Nature Connects includes 14 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale … Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum can enjoy a fun, toy-filled outdoor adventure this summer at the 434-acre public gardens’ newest exhibit, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks. The Arboretum enters its next decade of growth with more special exhibits, the addition of a new outdoor educational site, and several facility upgrades. National LEGO exhibit returns in May This May, the arboretum is excited to welcome back the widely popular exhibit Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. Then when the show arrives — it fills an entire 55-foot long tractor-trailer! Comments are moderated. I spent about four weeks designing and planning this specific piece, researching images of hummingbirds in nature, choosing the perfect colors and designing the internal steel reinforcements, then about five-plus weeks building it. This year, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, 10% of all proceeds from the ArborEvenings event series will be donated directly to MANNA FoodBank, the Feeding America food bank serving over 100,000 people facing hunger across 16 counties of Western North Carolina. Head on an inspirational and moving journey at Nature Connects® — an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition of art made with LEGO® bricks. I always want to spend a lot of time making sure it’s perfect. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. Whitney tells us this exhibit features 16 nature-inspired sculptures made entirely out of lego bricks. For more information about the Arboretum or Nature Connects, please visit ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492. Did you buy the bricks directly from Lego or somewhere else? From both these exits, follow Blue Ridge Parkway (and 191 South) signs to the Parkway entrance ramp. The Fullerton Arboretum at Cal. This family-friendly exhibit, appealing to a range of ages and interests, draws inspiration from the living world and combines play with science to create an innovative intersection of education, entertainment and environment. Fittingly, Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney is The Morton Arboretum’s latest outdoor art exhibit, featuring figures from bonsai to butterfly. As flowers bloom at the North Carolina Arboretum, so do LEGO bricks, and a new boardwalk. Ali here, and I recently took off early to visit this remarkable installation, which features 16 larger-than-life sculptures created entirely out of LEGO Bricks by artist Sean Kenney. The Lego exhibit … The North Carolina Arboretum: Wonderful Lego Exhibit. When: July 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Where: The North Carolina Arboretum, The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, USA Please note: Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks has been postponed until July; however, the exhibit will have an extended schedule and will be open until November 1. Posted on June 22, 2016 June 22, 2016 — Thomas Calder. Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks has arrived at The North Carolina Arboretum and it is an exhibit not to be missed. When outdoors on the Arboretum grounds, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings whenever they are unable to socially distance themselves from others. She joined us on QC Morning to talk about this super cool Lego art exhibit. We loved touring the LEGO Special Exhibit throughout the gardens at The NC Arboretum. What was involved in the planning and creation of the Nature Connects sculptures? I kept building Lego models all through childhood and even into my teenage and adult years. They’re also bolted down to the ground to protect against weather and vandalism. St. Fullerton is hosting Green Scene this weekend, and with that, they are going to debut their three month bonsai exhibit. One of the most challenging sculptures I’ve ever built is a giant, 7-foot-wide sculpture of a peacock. The North Carolina Arboretum welcomes back the popular traveling exhibit, Nature Connects ®: Art with LEGO ® Bricks by Sean Kenney. It will be open on weekends only, co-hosted by four local clubs: Kofu Bonsai Kai, Orange County Bonsai Society, Orange Empire Bonsai Society and Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai. All of that, combined with the multitude of colors, makes it one of the most visually complex sculptures I’ve ever created. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). LEGO® brick sculpture exhibit to open at The N.C. Arboretum July 30, 2016. COVID-19 has been a hard time for all of us. And sometimes ideas just “pop” into my head from nowhere. https://mountainx.com/arts/nature-connects-lego-exhibit-opens-at-nc-arboretum The nature themed exhibit features 16 sculptures made out of Lego bricks by artist Sean Kenney. Taking a break from designing additional Nature Connects sculptures and personal projects “that are pushing the boundaries of what [he] thought was possible with the Lego brick as an art medium,” Kenney spoke with Xpress about planning, creating and transporting the exhibit, plus his hopes for people who experience it during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have some nice hiking trails, a nice center with gift shop, info etc. Parents who think their kids have too many Legos haven’t been to Sean Kenney’s studio. Learn More The North Carolina Arboretum 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 28806-9315 Phone 828-665-2492 Fax 828-412-8503. We want everyone to have access to our stories. Their director contacted me with the idea of producing an outdoor display for their garden, but after lengthy discussion, we realized it would be better to have the display tour gardens all around the world. Last Sunday we took a day off to visit the NC Arboretum for inspirat... ion. Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will enjoy a fun-filled outdoor adventure this summer and fall at the Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks, on display throughout the Arboretum’s gardens through October 23rd. It’s important to me that each individual sculpture attempt to illustrate the “connections” found in nature, whether a predator-prey relationship, mankind’s relationship with nature or even the parent-child relationships you see in the wild. In total, the exhibit utilizes nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks in sculptures displayed throughout the arboretum’s gorgeous gardens. Not only is the sculpture incredibly large and gravity-defying, but I took the trouble to model and construct the details of every feather, down to the textures of the quills. Visitors to ArborEvenings can sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens and discover the illuminated LEGO Brick sculptures while listening to live music. Where and when were they constructed, and who helped you? What was the inspiration for the Nature Connects exhibit? For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. When and how did you get into building Lego sculptures? My models slowly became more involved and elaborate as I got older, and in 2005 I started building Lego models professionally as my full-time career. Even as a young child, drawing and designing were a big part of my life. 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