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Artist To Explain How 300,000 LEGOs Became Climatron Surprises

Everybody thinks their own kids are geniuses when they make cars, castles and the occasional bridge out of LEGOs. But a New York artist has truly transformed what must’ve been the world’s largest LEGO set into 25 nature-themed sculptures.

Sean Kenney works on a LEGO butterfly.
Credit Provided by Missouri Botanical Garden
Sean Kenney works on a LEGO butterfly.

Sean Kenney’s traveling exhibit currently occupies the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron, posing behind plants, crouching over the soil and waiting to be discovered.

On Saturday afternoon, Kenney will be at the Garden to talk about the Nature Connects creations he made using 300,000 LEGOs. Before and after his 2 p.m. presentation, visitors can view LEGO structures made by local residents and submitted to a Garden contest.

Kenney’s talk and a look at the local entries come with the regular admission charge. It’s $6 for adults and $5 for children to view the artist’s work in the Climatron, where it will remain through Sept. 7.

Nature Connects LEGO Artist Sean Kenney Appearance

Where: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., 63110

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12; Contest entries on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

How much: $6/adults, $5/children to enter Climatron in addition to Garden admission

Tickets: At the door

Information: Botanical Garden website

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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