Nature Connects, a LEGO exhibit built from 500,000 bricks by artist Sean Kenney, was on display in Omaha from early February to mid-May — and we almost missed it.
It wasn’t until a week before the exhibit closed that we finally made our way down to Lauritzen Gardens, but not without a bit drama first. Levi napped for longer than usual that afternoon, and there was some miscommunication between JB and I over what time I wanted him home from running errands.
I think we finally arrived at Lauritzen Gardens only 15-20 minutes before closing time. The woman behind the admission desk must have sensed how frantic we were and took pity on us; she only charged us for one ticket.
However, it turned out that all we needed was a short window of time to walk through the LEGO exhibit. Levi was definitely intrigued by the fact that the 27 sculptures were all formed with LEGO bricks, but like most 22 month olds, his attention span was short. There were a few touchable displays like the lawn mower above, but since it wasn’t necessarily an interactive exhibit, we were able to quickly see it all.
Just for perspective: This American Bumblebee, suspended from the ceiling, measured 50″ x 38″ x 35″ and was constructed from 16,383 LEGO pieces. Incredible, right?
There were even sculptures outside. Four enormous water lilies sat atop the small pond between the parking lot and the building.
Levi may be too young to appreciate these types of exhibits (and they may be few and far between here in Omaha), but I think it’s important to expose him to the arts now. My hope is that he grows up with an appreciation for creative endeavors and beautiful things.