When it comes to what you can create from LEGO bricks, it seems you’re only limited by your own imagination. In addition, if you’re in the Asheville, North Carolina area this weekend, there’s no better way to see this than by checking out the LEGO brick sculpture exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum in south Asheville before it ends this weekend.
Some Assembly Required
The exhibit, aptly entitled, “Some Assembly Required”, showcases the art of New York City based, Certified LEGO Builder, and Sean Kenney. The exhibit includes 27 sculptures in 14 displays. For nearly a decade, Kenney has been creating works of art from LEGO blocks. Currently, he is one of only 13 Certified LEGO Builders in the world. In this exhibit, he incorporates sculptures inspired by nature into the garden world of the arboretum.
The exhibit spans across eight acres of the formal gardens as well as inside the arboretum’s exhibit hall and demonstration greenhouse. Visitors can amble through the gardens and be surprised and delighted with the whimsical plants, animals, and amphibians Kenney has produced from nearly 500,000 LEGO blocks.
Butterflies and Bison and Birds, Oh My!
Kenney has shown an uncanny attention to detail in both exact replicas and larger-than-life examples of insects, birds and animals in the wild. Included in the displays are the five-foot Giant Victoria Water Lilies, which are built to scale using 10,598 LEGO bricks. The life size mother bison and her calf used the most LEGOs, 45,143 and are over seven feet long. However, it is the enormous insects and birds that get the biggest response.
A bumblebee with a 6-foot wingspan, an eight-foot ruby throated hummingbird and a five-foot swallowtail butterfly all defy logic, looming overhead as if in a sci-fi thriller. Whether it is a 6-inch frog or a 7-foot rose, the chance to see the creativity and artistry of Kennery’s sculptures, along with those of some local LEGO enthusiasts, make these LEGO sculptures something you don’t want to miss.
Easy Access from the Blue Ridge Parkway
The North Carolina Arboretum is easy to access from the Blue Ridge Parkway; just exit at Mile Marker 393. If you’re traveling on I-40, take Exit 33 and follow the signs. Admission is $12 per carload and passes are good all day.
While You’re Visiting the Arboretum
Nestled in the quiet beauty of the Pisgah National Forest, The North Carolina Arboretum offers the public admittance to 434-acres of trails and gardens. The arboretum includes many separate garden areas worth exploring, including the Heritage Garden, Quilt Garden, Stream Garden and Bonsai display. Throughout the year the arboretum provides many opportunities to learn about gardening, tour areas of interest with garden specialists and participate in workshops.
This is the final weekend of the LEGO sculpture exhibit, but you can check out upcoming events, demonstrations and tours at ncarboretum.org.