Love those Legos at Tucson Botanical Gardens


From Tucson Botanical Gardens website:

Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks

September 11, 2015 to January, 3 2016 at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$18/adults, $9/children, $5/adult members, $2.50/child members.

” Nature Connects®, art with LEGO® bricks, is a traveling exhibit, featuring 13 nature-inspired sculptures will be on display from September 11 to January 3, 2016. The impressive designs are the work of acclaimed artist, Sean Kenney. Throughout the Gardens guests will see a giant hanging Corn Spider, a Galapagos Tortoise with a Darwin Finch, a six-foot Monarch Butterfly and more, all built from LEGO bricks.


During the four month long exhibit, guests of all ages will discover the connections between art, nature, play and design. A LEGO brick playroom will be available on select dates for guests to build their own creations; the LEGO movie will be shown monthly in the evenings amongst the sculptures and a Design Challenge with LEGO Bricks will encourage builders of all ages to show off their skills with the beloved toys.”

Carolyn’s note: I love legos, don’t you?  Especially giant ones.  Saw several when we visited Legoland in Denmark.  And then there’s also Legoland California in Carlsbad, CA, a bit closer to Arizona.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Beautiful day to drop by the Tucson Botanical Gardens to see this lovely show of 13 lego structures, the ongoing butterfly (and non-poisonous frog) exhibit, and the lovely autumn colors in the garden. Especially liked the hummingbird on 2 flowers Lego structure, made out of 61,107 bricks! The 12 others are made from less bricks, but are beautiful as well — a monarch butterfly on a milkweed (photo above), giant pansy blossom and bee, Galapagos tortoise and finch, a lovely peacock, etc. They structures are scattered all over the garden, so it’s like a scavenger hunt to find them. Coming up on December 18, an after hour visit to see the Legos lit up, 6 to 8:30 p.m. with admission. The last day of this travelling exhibit is January 3, 2016.

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