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Artist Sean Kenney’s elaborate LEGO® brick sculptures arrive at Dallas Zoo
Jan 14, 2016

‘Nature Connects’ exhibit, crafted from more than 700,000 LEGO bricks, opens Friday and is included with zoo admission

Oversized LEGO® brick sculptures of the natural world take over the Dallas Zoo on Friday with the opening of Nature Connects, a remarkable sculpture show featuring the wizardry of award-winning artist Sean Kenney. The exhibit, sponsored by the Dallas Tourism Improvement District, runs from Jan. 15 through April 10.

New York-based Kenney uses the timeless fun of the popular toy bricks to connect guests to our remarkable natural environment. Created from more than 700,000 LEGO bricks, the larger-than-life sculptures include an 8-foot-tall hummingbird frozen in flight; a 7-foot-wide peacock displaying its colorful feathers; a playful polar bear family created from an impressive 133,263 bricks; and more.

“The detail and ingenuity in these eye-popping, colorful sculptures will no doubt transport guests back to nature,” said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo’s president and CEO. “Sean Kenney is a rock star, and his one-of-a-kind creations leave a lasting impact in awe-inspiring ways for our environment.”

Transforming Picnic Ridge in ZooNorth, Nature Connects also includes a large, tented Stay and Play Brickyard, presented by LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth. In the Brickyard, kids of all ages can build, experiment, problem-solve, and connect with science, technology, engineering, and math. Each week, master builders and LEGO enthusiasts will be on hand, challenging children to recreate the pros’ nature-themed models while teaching youngsters how to build sculptures that connect to nature.

Detailed landscapes are themed to accompany each intricate display: rock formations complement the massive Galapagos tortoise, and freshly planted pansies match the colors of Kenney’s pansy in bloom sculpture. Next to each display, signage features fun facts about the sculptures, as well as a conservation message.

As one of the 128-year-old park’s continuing efforts to give back to the community, the Nature Connects exhibit will be free with zoo admission, so guests pay no additional charge.

BUILDING CONTEST: The zoo also is hosting a community-wide building competition. Builders of all ages are invited to create their best original nature-themed sculpture made from toy building bricks for a chance to win zoo tickets and a special animal encounter. Participants may drop off their creations Jan. 14-16 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info and official rules, visit