The first time we visited the Missouri Botanical Garden, it was to see the Nature Connects Lego exhibition by Sean Kenney. When I heard that he had a new Lego exhibition, Nature Pop!, being hosted by Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, I knew we were going to have to use our reciprocal membership to see it, too.
Let’s start with my very favorite piece from the installation…the Dodo bird. Not only do I love the way he designed the bird and baby, I also love that the colors of the sunset are used as a metaphor for extinction.
There was a wide variety of wildlife represented, with most of the pieces being found in and around the Children’s Garden.
Some of the pieces really need to viewed from all sides to fully appreciate them:
This deer family was another of my favorites. I especially like the way the colors from both parents are incorporated into the design of the baby…and the colors themselves are amazing!
This was an outstanding exhibition, and I’m really glad we had the chance to see it in person! Stay tuned for a look at the Lego rabbit collection in the Color Garden!
Our travels this summer might not yet be back to what they were in pre-COVID times, but we did actually go somewhere this year! Since we weren’t quite as busy as we have been on previous vacations, I’m just going to take a look at the whole trip instead of going day-by-day.
On Monday, we left for a short trip to Bowling Green, KY. Any visit to Bowling Green includes a meal from Zaxby’s. Fortunately, we have always done carryout, so that wasn’t even any different from our usual dinner.
On Tuesday morning, we drove into Nashville to visit Cheekwood Estate and Gardens and see the Nature Pop! Lego exhibition by Sean Kenney. Both the sculptures and the estate were breathtaking!
We also drove down to the Cumberland riverfront to get a look at the Nashville skyline.
We were going to get lunch at Hattie B’s, one of the locations in Nashville known for hot chicken, but the line was unbelievably long, so we went to Chaney’s Dairy Barn and had ice cream for lunch instead!
Our day ended with a beautiful double rainbow!
On Wednesday, Bunny and I went with her grandparents to tour Western Kentucky University, where she is planning on attending after she finishes at community college:
And on Thursday, we visited the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, where we saw not only an authorized replica of Marine One, but also an aircraft flown by every astronaut who walked on the moon!
We also had an early birthday celebration for Bunny that night:
We were up early on Friday morning to head home, but we did stop for donuts at the Donut Bank on the way:
It was a little challenging coming up with fun things to do outside in the summer heat, (I wanted to go to a Bowling Green Hot Rods game, but between the temperatures and the fact that I’m still a little hesitant to be in a big crowd, even outdoors, made me table that for the time being), but we found something to do every day, and it was so nice to get away for a bit!
We actually went somewhere more than 90 minutes from home!
On Tuesday, we visited Cheekwood Estate and Gardens to see the Nature Pop! Lego exhibition by Sean Kenney. We also stopped by the Riverfront Landing so we could get a good view of the Nashville skyline.
It was so nice to get away from home for a few days!
We finally made it to the Nature Connects exhibit, which is in and around the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden!
It’s simply amazing to see what can be done with Lego bricks. We were especially fortunate that we were there on the day that the artist, Sean Kenney, gave a presentation about his work. It was fascinating to see how he builds his way larger than life-size creations!
I highly recommend a visit to the Botanical Gardens before the sculptures leave in September. And if you’re not in the St. Louis area, don’t worry…it’s going to be traveling the country (and visiting Canada!), for the next few years, so it may be stopping in your area soon!