501,158: That's how many Lego bricks were used in new sculptures at Morton Arboretum

 
 

Sean Kenney likes to describe himself as a "professional kid."

It's not a bad description of the artist and author from Brooklyn, New York, who has used Lego pieces for more than 15 years to design and create contemporary sculptures for a variety of venues in Europe, Asia and the U.S. -- including an exhibit this summer at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

His "Nature Connects" display at the outdoor museum at 4100 Route 53 features 15 nature-themed pieces using a combined 501,158 Lego bricks.

If some of these pieces don't make you say "wow!" you may want to check to see if you still have a pulse.

The exhibit will be open through Sept. 15 and includes an 8-foot-long dragonfly, a butterfly on a milkweed plant, a buzzing bee and even a pair of gardeners at work with their plants and a wheelbarrow.

All 15 displays are within walking distance of the Visitor Center along a roughly one-mile route.

Arboretum organizers say the exhibit demonstrates that just as Lego bricks connect, so do all of nature's diverse building blocks: trees, animals, birds and insects.

For details on the exhibit and other events scheduled this summer at the arboretum, visit www.mortonarb.org.

A showstopper at the Morton Arboretum's "Nature Connects" exhibit: the Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed, comprised of 39,708 Lego bricks.
  A showstopper at the Morton Arboretum's "Nature Connects" exhibit: the Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed, comprised of 39,708 Lego bricks.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Elijah Van Poucke of Park Ridge, Kamryn Frisk of Aurora and Joshua Van Poucke of Park Ridge, check out the dragonfly made of 27,788 Lego bricks by artist Sean Kenney. It's one of 15 such sculptures on display as part of the "Nature Connects" exhibit running through Sept. 15 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
  Elijah Van Poucke of Park Ridge, Kamryn Frisk of Aurora and Joshua Van Poucke of Park Ridge, check out the dragonfly made of 27,788 Lego bricks by artist Sean Kenney. It's one of 15 such sculptures on display as part of the "Nature Connects" exhibit running through Sept. 15 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Clare McMahon and her 4-year-old sister, Avery, check out one of the art pieces at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The Violet Pansy and Bee features 29,374 Lego bricks.
  Clare McMahon and her 4-year-old sister, Avery, check out one of the art pieces at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The Violet Pansy and Bee features 29,374 Lego bricks.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
A Peacock, made of 68,827 Lego bricks, greets visitors to the arboretum.
  A Peacock, made of 68,827 Lego bricks, greets visitors to the arboretum.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
You might miss this bee if you're looking down while passing the arboretum's Visitor Center. It's made of 16,383 Lego bricks.
  You might miss this bee if you're looking down while passing the arboretum's Visitor Center. It's made of 16,383 Lego bricks.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
A grandfather and child work the ground outside the arboretum's Children's Garden. Look closely, though, and you'll discover the people are made of 46,940 Lego bricks and the wheelbarrow and tools another 29,900.
  A grandfather and child work the ground outside the arboretum's Children's Garden. Look closely, though, and you'll discover the people are made of 46,940 Lego bricks and the wheelbarrow and tools another 29,900.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
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