As if you needed one more reason to visit the Liberty Science Center during your summer break, there’s a new exhibit opening this weekend that the kids (and you!) will love. Sean Kenney’s Art Made with LEGO Bricks, features some truly life-like animals, crafted with care by Brooklyn-based artist Sean Kenney. And we’re not talking the same LEGO sculptures you’ve seen at the LEGO store, these are true works of art.
We love the cute mountain goats, the giant polar bears, colorful chameleons and our favorite, a venus fly trap! We seriously couldn’t believe that they were made entirely of LEGOs. The eyes looked so real, and Kenney gave us some tips on how he made them with color versions of the satellite dish shapes and layered them with other round shapes. Talk about thinking outside the box.
Paired with each of Kenney’s 26 creations are some science facts about the animals and endangerment or conservation efforts, and with his larger piece (pictured above) helps kids think about the human animal and how their life affects nature. And you’ll want to check out the video screen to see how they got this massive piece to balance (hint: it involved using a welder and some impressive metal armature hidden under all those bricks).
After the kids take in the impressive art made out of over 1.5 million bricks, they can head over to the freeform brick area, where they can create their own LEGO animals or whatever else may strike their fancy. This exhibit only runs through the end of the summer, so make sure to visit before Labor Day.