If you have LEGO loving children, you probably never miss an opportunity to allow them to partake in a LEGO experience. That is where I found myself last week when we visited the Memphis Zoo to see the Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit. It is just like me to wait until the last minute. Because of that, the weather was hot, but we were able to go on Tennessee Tuesday, so the admission was free.
The exhibit is on the west side of the zoo. As many times as we have gone, I still have no idea where the north or south, let alone the east or west sides of the zoo are located. We just know we go left when we start our tour of the zoo. This map may help you if you are geographically challenged when visiting the zoo. You may also find the LEGO exhibit if you walk past the water play area near the front entrance and bear to the left. Look for the Monarch Butterfly.
I will admit when I saw the first creation, I was not as impressed as I probably should have been. My children create beautiful and creative pieces, using LEGOs, all of the time. When I gave more attention to the display pieces, I realized that one could be impressed, and probably should.
There are 68,827 LEGO pieces that make this peacock. Wow! Talk about a LEGO high for your children. For moms, can you imagine that many LEGO pieces scattered across the floors in your home (or in your car)? That is a lot of tiny LEGOs put together to create this peacock. A lot of skill, patience and ingenuity went into piecing those LEGOs together. It took someone (many people) 625 hours to put it together. I cannot imagine how many hours went into the plans for the design.
I like how the LEGO displays were are interweaved into the natural settings.
This gardening scene made me want to go home and start gardening. It also reminded me of a nice summer day.
Although I am not a fan of spiders, I think this one may be my favorite. I love the attention to detail.
I do wish there had been more displays as part of the exhibit. I guess with about half a million LEGO pieces already on display, I may be asking too much. What we did see was neat and pairing it with a visit to the zoo to see all of the animals made it even better.
The Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks will be at the Memphis Zoo through Sunday, July 9. If you plan to take your entire family before the exhibit closes and are not members, consider becoming one. Depending on the size of your family, it may be more affordable to purchase an annual membership than to pay for one day entrance. That will allow your family to go to the zoo again as many times as you want any time within the year. You will be able to go any day of the week and at any time while the zoo is open. There are also additional membership perks.
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, 38112
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