May 24, 2019 – Sept. 15, 2019
The Morton Arboretum
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53
LISLE, IL 60532
From May 24 through Sept. 15, Morton Arboretum will be showcasing the craftsmanship of 15 nature themed displays created entirely from more than a half million LEGO bricks, found along pathways through the Arboretum’s east side. New highlights of the 2019 exhibition include a bee midflight, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, and a pileated woodpecker. The displays are the work of New York- based artist Sean Kenney.
Visitors will also see:
- An eight-foot-long dragonfly
- A peacock
- A hummingbird drinking nectar from a trumpet flower
- A bonsai tree
- A grandfather gardening with his grandchild, watering can in hand, alongside a wheelbarrow that doubles as a planter.
- A monarch butterfly
- A dangling corn spider
- An family of brown deer, including a buck, doe and their fawn
- A pansy that has caught the attention of a pollinator
- A sea turtle carrying a finch on its shell
- Cardinals enjoying a birdbath with a squirrel
- An ant hill
Children and families can build their own LEGO masterpieces daily in the Children’s Garden from May through September.
A June 11 program geared to those 21 and older explores the nature behind the exhibition’s LEGO brick sculptures. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the ecological significance of oak trees and about the ongoing restoration work that addresses the many challenges oaks face in the urban environment. This guided walking tour will also feature discussions of the migration of the monarch butterfly across North America and of local efforts to save the endangered Blanding’s turtle.