NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The Virginia Living Museum has welcomed a new kind of art exhibit this summer. Walk around the serene grounds and view works of art made up of thousands of LEGO bricks.
The award-winning exhibit features 16 different works made up of LEGOs, ranging from 10,000 to 85,000 bricks per sculpture.
The exhibit is located throughout the Museum's Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas.
Brooklyn Artist Sean Kenney created each statue, and his exhibit has been featured in museums from Los Angeles to Chicago. This is the first time the works have been made an appearance in Hampton Roads.
"It was a unique opportunity to have an art exhibit, which we don't typically do," said Fred Farris, Deputy Director of the Virginia Living Museum. "But this art exhibit blends nature and science, so it's perfect for us."
Each LEGO sculpture has a sign near the artwork, explaining how many bricks it is made of, as well as facts about the animal, or insect, the work represents.
The statues are made up of half-a-million blocks combined, but that isn't all of the LEGOs you will find at the museum.
LEGO lovers young and old can make their own works of art at the Creative Station where another 30,000 bricks will be laid out onto a table. Children are encouraged to build sculptures based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM).
Additionally, 500 giant bricks can be found at the Big Block Build Zone, enough to build a giant 15 x 15 foot castle!
Visitors can also participate in age level Make Your Own Creation contests. Prizes will be handed out to the winners every weekend.
Demonstrators from local organizations such as BrickHeadZ, HARDLUG (Hampton Roads LEGO Users Group), and First LEGO League/First LEGO League Jr. will provide building themed programming.
"Just as LEGO pieces interconnect, everything in nature is interconnected in a delicate balance," said Kenney. "Insects and plants have important relationships; different species of animals have special relationships with each other; animals have connections with their families just like we do."
Farris believes the exhibit is the perfect contribution for the summer, explaining that LEGO actually means "play well."
"It's two Danish words for 'play well', which we think is a great theme for our summer," said Farris. "That's what families can do here all summer long. "
The exhibit will be featured at The Virginia Living Museum starting July 22 and ending November 26.
The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., and is open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children, ages 3-12. Children 2-years and young get in for free.
For more information, visit The Virginia Living Museum website, or call (757) 595-1900.