Zoo Filled with Life-Sized LEGO Animal Sculptures

I love building and creating with LEGOs, so I was thrilled to learn about this LEGO exhibit at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. Included in the gardens are 27 life-sized LEGO sculptures, featuring animals like fox, fish, frogs, rabbits, flowers, butterflies, and more! The complex sculptures were built and installed as a part of Sean Kenney’s traveling exhibition, Nature Connects.

Using nearly half a million LEGO pieces, Kenney uses what is generally considered a child’s toy to build these contemporary sculptures. The pieces are glued together one-by-one by Kenney and his team of assistants, and are supported by steel frames. Each sculpture takes anywhere from 60 hours to six weeks to build, and include anywhere from 2,300 to almost 50,000 pieces each. The exciting forms created by the colorful plastic rectangles will undoubtedly bring joy to viewers of all ages.

In Kenney’s artist statement, he explains, “Working with the medium brings new and exciting forms to sculpture, dictated by a limited palette, grids, and blocky forms. Overcoming these challenges is exciting and rewarding for both the artist and the viewer.”

If you are interested in these sculptures, you can visit them at Reiman Gardens now through October 28, 2012.

Sean Kenney’s website
Reiman Gardens website
LEGO website
via [Inhabitat]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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