Nature Connects® – Art with LEGO® Bricks Exhibit
Nature Connects was a fantastic success!
Thank you to all of our wonderful visitors who enjoyed the exhibit!
Read on to learn about this great event and our groovy Silent Disco party.
The Nature Connects Finale — A groovy Silent Disco party in the Garden
Everything is “groovy!”
On the final weekend of the Nature Connects exhibit, we celebrated the event’s great success with a groovy Silent Disco party. Garden guests and staff danced and reveled together among the flora and exhibit displays well into the spring evening. And we all raised a glass to bring the event to a triumphant close for the season.
As a special ‘Thank you!’ we took the Garden back to the 70’s! Guests dug up their flower crowns, platform shoes, bell-bottoms and more to get down with the boogie! The theme: Everything is “Groovy”. Can ya dig it?
Admission included: appetizers, beverages, Silent Disco dancing and special Nature Connects nighttime viewing.
A special thanks to our Silent Disco party participants and sponsors:
Nature Connects is a unique and colorful art exhibit of 27 nature-themed displays crafted from your favorite building blocks. LEGO® fans of all ages were dazzled by Nature Connects: Art with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney. The exhibit was engineered from nearly half a million LEGO bricks! Tour the sculptures throughout South Coast Botanic Garden and see nature’s beauty and whimsy come to life.
Fun in the Garden with LEGO bricks
Imagine a walk through a beautiful garden where you round a corner and come face-to-face with a bison! Not a real one, of course, but one entirely constructed from 45,143 LEGO® bricks. Families will be able to enjoy a toy-filled exploration this spring at the South Coast Botanic Garden, which will host an exciting family-friendly ecosystem of fun, flowers and fauna: Nature Connects. This interactive art installation entirely constructed from nearly half a million toy bricks will bring 27 nature-themed sculptures to the Garden, along with multiple hands on activities.
The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula was the only Southern California stop for this nationally touring exhibit, unveiled to the public on February 19 and on display through May 8, 2016.
“We are the first botanic garden in Southern California to offer this one-of-a-kind and engaging artistic vision, representing a whole new way to experience nature through art. In bringing Nature Connects to South Coast Botanic Garden, we hope to share the importance of making connections with the natural world. More importantly, with the garden’s commitment to providing a unique horticultural and wildlife habitat experience, we want to demonstrate successful land reclamation and sustainability through the familiarity of LEGO toy bricks,” said South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation CEO Adrienne Nakashima.
The sculptures, created by New York based artist, Sean Kenney, took seven months to build. The pieces are all incredibly detailed and assembled exclusively using the popular connecting toys. They range from a 575-piece statue of a goldfinch to a hummingbird, the symbol of the South Coast Botanic Garden, which requires 31,555 pieces and stands more than six feet tall.
Membership allows entry into the garden 364 days a year along with other exclusive perks including free parking, special members-only events and discounts. Membership covers access to this exhibition as well as admission to the Garden all year long and other benefits.
Events for Kids and Families
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Any creation begins with a vision. From humble beginnings to the grandest of visions, South Coast Botanic Garden and its tremendous vision plan incorporate a unique history to bridge the gap from the past into the future, and you can be a part of it! Individuals or teams of Builders are invited to journey into the future by helping to realize the vision of a world-class Garden and its impact on the community through their own creative minds.
Mini (ages 6 – 9) and Junior (ages 10 – 13) Builder Divisions – Ecology is the study of how all living things are interconnected. Builders should create a scene or objects that represent interconnected relationships within the Garden. This can include humans, plants or animals; a few objects or several.
Young (ages 14 – 17) and Open (ages 18+) Builder Divisions – Nature and humans have been intertwined for hundreds of thousands of years. As we look towards the future, we often depend on the best and brightest young minds to blaze the trail. Builders should create a scene or sculpture reflecting how nature and humans will interact in the future.
Builders should be as imaginative as possible! All entries will be judged on originality, creativity and presentation aesthetics. Be sure to check out our website or stop by the Garden for inspiration! For more information, please see Official Rules.
Winners were announced the week of February 28, 2016
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Eight LEGO® Build Workshop days were held at the Garden to serve as inspiration through a collaborative studio environment. Registered contestants (ages 6+) were invited to work on their contest submissions with the help and trained eye of a currently enrolled architecture student. Students helped contestants understand their designs from an architectural viewpoint and assist as needed with inspiration and technical build knowledge.
FREE to registered contestants! Dates: January 9 & 10, 23 & 24 and February 6 & 7, 20 & 21, 2016
Special V.I.P. Events
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Tuesday, February 16
Media is invited to preview the installation of the sculptures, meet with staff and learn more about the Exhibit. For more information and to reserve your space at the event, contact Christina Doan at (310) 320-2010 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday, February 20 8 am to 12 pm
Sponsors and special friends of the Garden will have an opportunity to be the first to explore and discover these extraordinary sculptures at our private VIP Preview Reception at the Garden. By invitation only. RSVPs required. For more information, contact Audra Platz at (310) 544-1948 or email email@example.com.
#GetConnected Family-Plus Members: Nature Connects Preview
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Sunday, February 21 8 am to 12 pm – For Family Plus members and above only
Members are invited to a private look at these magnificent sculptures. Members will enjoy a Continental breakfast*, garden tours, children’s activities and more!
Tour spaces are limited. Tours will begin at 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 10:00 am, 10:45 am and 11:30 am.
View this event on our Event Calendar.
Ambassadors are a select group of volunteers whose main purpose is to provide excellent guest services at Nature Connects displays, on a day of basis. Ambassadors take pride in making visitors to the Garden feel welcome from the moment they arrive at parking to their final farewell, and provide a bit of education at displays. Ambassadors are volunteers that help guests #getconnected with nature, imagination and play. For more information, contact Monika Whiteley at (310) 544-1948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We partnered with Volunteer Spot to organize and rally our Exhibit Ambassadors for Nature Connects
Sponsored Fun for Everyone
Nature Connects® uses the magical fun of LEGO® bricks to connect visitors to the wonders of the natural world. Twenty-seven (27) giant sculptures created from nearly 500,000 LEGO® bricks by Artist Sean Kenney of New York include an 8-foot-tall hummingbird, a seven-foot-tall rose, a five-foot-tall butterfly and much more. The exhibit aims to get visitors connected to nature, spark creativity and foster a greater sense of play in viewers of all ages. Your sponsorship makes that happen—call now to secure your preferred sponsorship opportunity.
Along with the many promotional and marketing opportunities we’re offering, sponsorship of Nature Connects comes with many event benefits.
- Admission Tickets
- Sponsor Preview Reception and Gift Tote
- Private VIP Tour and Luncheon at SCBG
- Participate as a Lego Build Contest Judge
|Sponsorship Packages Are Now Available|
- Visitors between February thru May 2016: 60,000 (Typical annual visitors: 115,000)
- Close to 10,000 Garden Members
Imagination and Play Activity Center Sponsors
Build Contest Sponsors
VIP Preview Party Sponsors
Members Only Preview Day Sponsors
Media Partner Sponsors
For media inquiries, please contact:
South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation