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July 17, 2015

For Your Senses: Imagine the Imagined!

The creator of Lego had no idea what would come! Meet Sean Kenney – artist, mathematician, author, presenter, composer, botanist, entomologist, engineer, and a kid right down to his very soul.  It may seem so, but he’s not a “jack of all trades”.  He’s very precise, practical, and extremely creative.  With his interest, he connects nature to you and you to nature through a humanistic approach.

Now, see his works of art, orchestrated into “Nature Connects”.  He only uses glue and Lego pieces to create masterpieces. As of today, 464,770 bricks and 4,170 hours of creativity later, he has 13 works of art on display through November 1, 2015 at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL.

Remember those rainy days when you sat on your living room floor imagining what you could make out of those Lego pieces?  Then you tried to build what you imagined?  Sean Kenny’s sculptures are the Imagined! He managed to literally take thousands of pieces of Lego and turn them into, in this case, “larger-than-life displays inspired by nature” spread throughout the grounds of the Arboretum.

Beauty is showcased in a way that connects nature to your senses. The vibrant, colorful, lively, functional displays will lure you to keep moving from one exhibit to another. Again and again, your eyes will feast, your heart will delight, and your mind will connect as you engagingly stroll pass one life-sized sculpture to find another as larger than life and just as lively.

Take your kids, and the kid in you to the Morton Arboretum. While the sculptures are on display, you can picnic with a hummingbird, a turtle, a Monarch butterfly, a dragonfly, a peacock, cardinals and a squirrel, and a herd of deer. In the meantime, don’t forget to look for the ant hill, a bonsai, a bee, a spider, two gardeners, and a wheelbarrow. This amazing exhibit will not last forever, but the effects of Sean’s “imagined” artwork will surely linger long after.

For more information on “Nature Connects”, go to www.mortonarb.org

To contact the artist directly, go to www.seankenney.com

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