Legos mix with nature at Morton Arboretum

LISLE, Ill. -- A walk through the Morton Arboretum brings a blending of childhood playtime and the beauty of the natural world. Visitors might have to look closely to spot the new sculptures, which are made of Legos.

"There are 13 different displays made of 27 sculptures made of almost 500,000 pieces of Lego bricks," Anamari Dorgan, Morton Arboretum director of education, said.

New York artist and sculptor Sean Kenney is the talent behind the show, Nature Connects, which runs until November first.

"That's cool, very cool," Case Meunier said of the Lego turtle. Could he build one? "No, I don't think so because I don't have the instructions."

There are no instructions. The sculptures- Lego grandpas and granddaughters, turtles, butterflies and finches- all come from Dorgan's imagination. An 8-foot long dragonfly took almost 28,000 Lego bricks.

"Legos are perhaps the utmost sustainable product because no one throws them in the landfill. They're recycled. They're legacy products. I still have my Legos from my childhood," Dorgan said.