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Lego Art Gets a Perfect Summer Setting in Nature Connects

by Susan Quilty, author of The Insistence of Memory

If you’re a Lego lover (who isn’t?) and you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house this summer, check out Nature Connects. This solo exhibit by Brooklyn artist Sean Kenney is now on tour around the world. Its massive Lego creations celebrate nature and are displayed in a variety of outdoor gardens, parks, and zoos.

I recently went to the Nature Connects exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), in Winchester, Virginia. (For other locations, click here.)

The exhibit at MSV features 13 creations, including a seven-foot-long dragonfly and a hummingbird display created with over 61,000 Legos!

Signs at each installation tell you more about the nature on display, as well as their impressive brick counts. A special shop sells some fun Lego-themed souvenirs, too.

While the exhibit stretches around the museum’s seven-acre botanical garden, the displays are set close enough to be browsed with an easy stroll and the open space between gives kids plenty of room to run and play.

Paths get you close to most of the exhibits, but some creations are surrounded by open grass and the giant dragonfly is set above some narrow pathways and stone steps in the Asian garden. (There might have been a back entrance without steps, but we didn’t walk that way.)

There are guided tours available for the Nature Connects exhibit. Though we had no trouble finding each of the displays on our own. We nearly missed the birdbath due to a wedding in the garden but were able to circle back to it after their ceremony ended.

The exhibition runs through Labor Day (2018), and it’s a fun summer outing for the whole family. I mean, really, awesome Lego creations and beautiful gardens? That’s a great combination!

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