ASHEVILLE NC – Picture nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, 27 amazing sculptures, 14 incredible displays… and one unforgettable experience. This fall, 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. Opening October 19, 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.
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. He hopes that after seeing his sculptures, children will become inspired to create great things themselves.
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. For age divisions, rules and regulations and entry forms, visit www.ncarboretum.org.
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.
The North Carolina Arboretum is grateful to the following Community Partners for their support of this exhibit: Clear Channel Asheville; O.P. Taylor’s, “The Coolest Toy Store on the Planet;” Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park; B.B. Barns Garden, Gift & Landscape Company; MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty; and Fairway Outdoor Advertising. For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.