SOURCE: Denver Zoo

August 03, 2015 17:30 ET

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY MEDIA ALERT: Denver Zoo to Install Sculptures Made From LEGO Bricks for "Nature Connects, Art With LEGO® Bricks," Brought to You by the Goddard Schools

Award-Winning, Traveling Exhibit Opens to the Public on August 7

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - August 03, 2015) -

WHAT: Photo Opportunity: Installation of sculptures made from LEGO® bricks for Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit, “Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks,” brought to you by The Goddard Schools

WHEN: Tuesday, August 4, beginning at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at Denver Zoo’s main gate, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205

WHO: Denver Zoo staff members will be available for interviews

WHY: To watch this award-winning, traveling exhibit come alive

Denver Zoo will install more than 35 sculptures made from LEGO® bricks on August 4 for its new exhibit, “Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks,” brought to you by The Goddard Schools. This award-winning, traveling exhibit, which will run August 7 to November 1, features life-size, and even some larger than life, animal and plant sculptures scattered throughout the park. The media is invited to this photo opportunity and should meet at 9 a.m. at the Zoo’s main entrance. Denver Zoo staff will also be available for interviews.

Denver Zoo will host two special evening events opening weekend on Aug. 6 and 8. On August 6, the Zoo will host the LEGO® Preview Night. Guests will be awed as they discover works of art representing species from both North America and abroad scattered through the Zoo, including a 400-pound bumblebee and a hummingbird with an eight-foot wing span. Visitors will also get the chance to meet the exhibit’s artist, Sean Kenney.

On August 8, the Zoo will host the Saturday Night “Block” Party, where guests will enjoy the exhibit the night after it opens to the public. The cost for both events is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 3-11, with Zoo members receiving a $5 discount on August 8. Proceeds will support the Denver Zoo Scholarship Fund. The exhibit opens to the general public on August 7 and runs through November 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each night will also feature a live DJ and LEGO® Bricks Show by Princess’ Group, family-friendly activities, including complimentary carousel rides and Lorikeet Adventure feedings, zookeeper talks and animal demonstrations around the Zoo. There will even be a Block City Beer Garden for adults. All of the Zoo’s buildings and two of its restaurants will be also be open for dinner and snacks.

Sean Kenney is a renowned, award-winning artist and "professional kid" who uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculptures for high-profile clients, major corporations and venues around the globe. For more than 10 years, Sean and his work have been prominently featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, PBS Arts, BBC Arts, NHK Japan, ABC World News, HGTV, ELLE, Wired, and countless more. Sean has created award-winning, internationally-touring exhibits and is the author of 8 best-selling inspirational children's books.

In addition to showing guests how they connect with animals and nature through art, Zoo staff members hope “Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks,” brought to you by The Goddard Schools, will build a fondness among children for science, technology, engineering and math. During regular business hours, the exhibit is free with regular Zoo admission.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo brings education alive, providing a unique learning experience that sparks an interest in the natural world for visitors and program participants alike. Home to 4,300 animals representing more than 600 species, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in green action, Denver Zoo is the greenest zoo in the country and is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species by attaining the highest environmental standards. Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in about 600 animal conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents.

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Contact Information

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