Last year, we had an unbelievably fun time searching for trolls at Morton Arboretum – definitely a highlight of our summer. This year, The Morton Arboretum is back at it with more fun with Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. The touring exhibit by New York artist Sean Kenney features 15 sculptures created with half a million bricks and visitors can explore the arboretum to search for these pieces of art.
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Our Nature Connects Experience
As always, we started our adventure at the Visitor Center where we grabbed a map. Our mission was to find all the 15 LEGO sculptures situated around The Morton Arboretum. Unlike the Troll Hunt last year, everything is pretty much located close to the visitor center and totals about 1 mile.
Just like LEGO bricks, the sculptures show how everything in nature is connected. Just as LEGO bricks connect, all of nature’s diverse building blocks—trees, animals, birds, and insects—are linked to one another. Nature Connects showcases these meaningful relationships. For instance, a monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant and a bee on a pansy can be seen.
Even if you’ve seen the exhibit before, they’ve added a few new sculptures including a bee, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, and a pileated woodpecker.
The best part about Nature Connects is that it gave us a chance to explore the grounds, while trying while trying to find our favorite sculptures. The peacock was my favorite for sure.
We even took a little detour to see if our favorite trolls were still here. And yes, they’re still here. (I highly encourage you to check them out!)
- Artist Sean Kenney used 501,158 LEGO bricks to create all 15 nature-themed displays
- Kenney and his team spent more than 4,570 hours (190 days!) building the pieces in the exhibit.
- The sculpture of the peacock required the most LEGO bricks at 68,827; spending 625 hours!
- The monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant, standing nearly 7 feet tall, is the tallest sculpture
- Standing less than 2 feet tall, the pileated woodpecker is the smallest sculpture
- A herd of deer are practically life-sized, measuring up to 80% of their real-life counterparts.
The Morton Arboretum did it again! What a fun way to spend a nice summer day enjoying nature, art, and of course Legos!
When: May 24 to September 15
Location: 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, Lisle
Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot.
Stroller-friendly? Plenty of room to bring a stroller or wagon.
Crowded: We visited on a late afternoon on Saturday, and it wasn’t too crowded.