Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

We visited the Phoenix Zoo today to experience 27 sculptures by New York artist Sean Kenney in “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks.” We learned that “LEGO” is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well.” Each sculpture has an internal structure built with steel rods and plates that provide support and balance. Here are the sculptures we saw with the number of LEGO bricks and the number of hours required for construction:

  1. Peacock constructed with 68,827 LEGO bricks over 625 hours
  2. Hatching Sea Turtle 57462 bricks, 482 hours
  3. Seahorses & Coral Reef 88,516 bricks, 564 hours
  4. Whooping Crane 43,678 bricks, 365 hours
  5. Giant Corn Spider 16,492 bricks, 135 hours
  6. Hummingbird & Trumpet Flower 61,107 bricks, 265 hours
  7. Herd of Deer 84,442 bricks, 540 hours
  8. Herd of Deer
  9. Zebra 58,139 bricks, 372 hours
  10. Wildebeest 66,655 bricks, 502 hours
  11. Disappearing Rhinoceros 86,361 bricks, 726 hours
  12. Seals on Ice Mosaic 12,165 bricks, 87 hours
  13. Dodo 71,669 bricks, 668 hours
  14. Polar Bear Mother with Cubs 133,263 bricks, 1,048 hours
  15. Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly 27,788 bricks, 515 hours
  16. Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed 39,708 bricks, 425 hours
  17. Birdbath 14,802 bricks, 200 hours
  18. Galapagos Tortoise with Dawrin’s Finch 23,317 bricks, 290 hours
  19. Gardening Family 76,840 bricks, 740 hours
  20. Gardening Family
  21. Gardening Family
  22. Giant Pansy Bloom 29,314 bricks, 240 hours
  23. Ant Farm Mosaic 12,990 bricks, 105 hours
  24. Hummingbird & Trumpet Flower 61,107 bricks, 265 hours
  25. Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed 39,708 bricks, 425 hours
  26. Snow Leopard 63,139 bricks, 580 hours
  27. Jeweled Chameleon 49,034 bricks, 511 hours

The Zoo was busy today holding the 12th Annual Zoowalk for Autism Research. Walkers were raising money for the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University.

In addition to the LEGO sculptures, we did see some animals. The African lion posed for the camera. An African crested porcupine systematically explored its exhibit, the previous home for meerkats. The male Hamadryas baboon viewed us perched in a tree with a commanding view. One group of flamingos slept while standing on one foot.

The interesting “Nature Connects” exhibit will remain at the Phoenix Zoo until January 2, 2017.

 

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