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.