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Missouri Botanical Gardens combines nature with LEGO bricks

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If you have not yet seen the special summertime exhibit at The Missouri Botanical Gardens, there is still time to enjoy the Nature Connects, Art with LEGO Bricks. The exhibit opened on May 24 and runs through September 7, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The special educational display will be in the Climatron and Shoenberg Temperate House.

The exhibit features larger than life sculptures built with LEGO bricks. There are 12 installations that feature 25 individual LEGO brick sculptures that encompass a natural theme to include animals, people, and plants. Some of the favorites include a bald eagle, butterfly, lily and ducks.

Admission to the LEGO Bricks exhibit requires a regular admission to enter the Garden, which is $8 for adults, $4 for St. Louis City or County residents, and free to children ages 12 and younger. Garden members receive free general admission to the Garden. Once you are inside the Garden, the LEGO exhibit costs an additional $6 for adults, ages 13 and older, $5 for children, $4 for Missouri Botanical Garden members, and $3 for members children, ages 3 and older.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in south St. Louis city. The The LEGO exhibit is not open during the early morning walking hours.

The sculptures were created and designed by New York artist, Sean Kenney and include more than 300,000 LEGO brick pieces. The exhibit is part of the Missouri Botanical Gardens 2014 theme, which is “Planting the Future! Create. Connect Grow.” The Brookings Interpretive Center will provide an interactive play area with LEGO bricks.

Garden memberships begin at $65. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

Keep up with this and future exhibits along with news from the Missouri Botanical Gardens by liking their Facebook page or following the Gardens on Twitter.

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