This 5-foot butterfly is made of 37,481 legos!
The life-sized Bison is nearly 7 feet long and contains 45,143 LEGO pieces
Some Assembly Required: Lego Brick Sculptures
October 19, 2013-January 5, 2014
Picture nearly 500,000 LEGO® bricks, 27 amazing sculptures, 14 incredible displays… and one unforgettable experience. The North Carolina Arboretum's eight acres of formal gardens and exhibit hall will be playfully decorated with 27 sculptures created by LEGO® brick artist and renowned children's author, Sean Kenney. "Some Assembly Required" will take visitors into a larger-than-life LEGO® brick world.
Walk by an 8-foot tall hummingbird, admire a 7-foot rose, and go nose-to-nose with a 5-foot butterfly. Ranging in size from six inches to nearly eight feet, a variety of creatures are represented in the exhibit, including a tiger swallowtail butterfly, a green darner dragonfly, a hummingbird and even a gardener. The largest sculpture is a mother bison made from 45,143 bricks. Created from nearly 500,000 LEGO® bricks, the 27 sculptures make up 14 large displays. Pick up a map inside one of the buildings at the info desk so you won't miss any!
Based in New York City, Sean Kenney is one of only 13 LEGO® Certified Builders worldwide. He spent so much time playing with LEGO® toys as a child that he decided he might as well make a career of it. A self-described “professional kid,” Sean has been turning ordinary LEGO® bricks into spectacular works of art for nearly a decade.
In addition to Sean’s pieces, the Arboretum will also be featuring creations from LEGO® enthusiasts in the community. Children and adults alike are invited to enter the Some Assembly Required LEGO® Brick Competition. Participants will design and build their display, which will be on view in the Baker Exhibit Hall. More than $2500 in prizes will be awarded to the top entrants.
"Some Assembly Required" will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum through January 5, 2014. Exhibit admission is free with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). Admission and parking is always free for Arboretum Society members.
See our NC Arboretum Guide for more info on visiting.
The lily pads are replicas of the Giant Victoria Waterplatter, 5 feet across each -- which as is how large these amazing plants actually grow. Each contains 10,598 LEGO pieces.
This giant Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (on left) magically hovers 8 feet in the air as it feeds out of giant flowers, built with 31,565 LEGO pieces.
This larger-than-life flying bee is over 4 feet long and has a 6 foot wingspan! The sculpture contains 16,383 LEGO pieces