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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 21, 2014 - The Missouri Botanical Garden said it will play host to a new exhibit Nature Connects 2.0, Art with LEGO© bricks this summer.
Nature Connects 2.0 features larger than life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. The 12 installations featuring 25 individual LEGO brick sculptures will be housed in the Climatron and Shoenberg Temperate House. The exhibit opens to the public May 24 and runs through September 7.
The sculptures have a natural theme and include animals, plants and people. A bald eagle, butterfly, lily and ducks will be among the subjects. The LEGO brick sculptures are created and designed by certified Master LEGO builder, Sean Kenney. The exhibit is commissioned by Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University. The original Nature Connects exhibit is currently touring Gardens around the country. Nature Connects 2.0 will debut at the Missouri Botanical Garden. More than 300,000 LEGO brick pieces will be used in the construction of the exhibit.
The exhibit is part of the Garden's broader 2014 theme, "Planting the Future! Create. Connect Grow." In 2014, the Garden invites its guests, young and old, to create, imagine, connect, learn and grow at the Garden. The Brookings Interpretive Center will also follow this broader theme, and will include an interactive play area with LEGO bricks.
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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