Saturday, October 7, 2023

Saturday's Critters # 512

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Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!


I am sharing photos from our overnight getaway to Winchester, Virginia to see the Nature Connects exhibit by Sean Kenney at the Museum of Shenandaoh Valley. We went on Aug 30th, the exhibit was ending on Sept 4th.  I first heard about this exhibit on Linda's blog The View from Squirrel Ridge  also on Denise's blog An English Girl Rambles2016.blogspot.com/

The outdoor exhibit features Lego Sculptures which were all nature related. Life size critters made from Legos. We walked around the museum's Glen Burnie Gardens to view each one of the Lego Sculptures. 


1. Sean Kenney is the artist, who created all these wonderful critters made with Legos. 




2. The Polar Bear with cubs was one of my favorites, the cubs are just adorable. The sign along with stating how many Legos were used to created this sculpture it also mentions how these beautiful animals are losing their habitat in the Arctic.






3. Below I am missing the sign but I have photos of both the front and back of the Monarch Butterfly Lego sculpture.  Isn't it a beauty! 







4. The Dodo Bird, this bird has been extinct for a long time. Last known to be seen in 1690 on the island of Mauritius.






5. The Chameleon was so pretty and colorful. These lizards are well known for their distinct range of colors and their tail is used  for stability on the tree branches.  It is another critter that is endangered due to humans and habitat loss. 






6.  The Whooping Crane, the tallest North American bird and it is on the endangered list. Primary reasons are habitat loss and unregulated hunting for the meat and feathers. They depend on a healthy wetland ecosystem. These birds winter on the gulf coast of Texas. 









7. Below is the Sea Turtle hatchling, it is said that just 1 in a 1,000 hatchlings will survive into adulthood. The temperature of the sand determines the gender of the baby sea turtle, the warmer the sand will produce more females. Will climate change and warmer temperature have an effect on genetic diversity?





8. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird sculpture is beautiful, this tiny bird is seen in many gardens including my own.  They migrate south for the winter to Central America and Southern Mexico. These tiny birds will remember where they find shelter and nectar and will return each year.  I am happy to see these Hummingbirds return to my yard each year.  






9. The Zebra travels across the Serengeti with giant herds of Wildebeest and Antelope. The Zebra and Wildebeest will protect and graze together in harmony. The Zebra's  stripes are as distinctive as fingerprints. 





10. The Wildebeest, are native to Eastern and Southern Africa. They are also known as Gnu, also called wild cattle and they are in the antelope family. 





11. The Snow Leopard is found in the Himalayas. They are also in decline, due to threats  from humans and habitat loss. These animals are poached for their skin and their bones are used for traditional medicine. 





12. The Rhinoceros, is also said to be disappearing, due to illegal hunting and there is a loss of habitat. These animals are found in Africa and Asia. 





13. The Coral Reef sculpture was lovely and another favorite.  The Coral Reefs are a diverse and valuable ecosystem on earth. They provide shelter to many species of marine life. Pollution, overfishing mining for coral and the warmer ocean temperatures are damaging the reefs. The recent heat wave in Florida is causing the bleaching of the Florida Coral Reef. The marine life depends on healthy coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral reef. 





14. The Lego Bats were located inside the actual Museum building. The North American Bat is endangered due to a loss of habitat and disease. The bats are very important for insect control and for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Bats are known to gobble up insects that harm the farmer's crops and reduces pesticide use. 




Sean Kenney is a New York based artist and has been creating Lego Sculptures for 15 years.  His award winning exhibit has been traveling globally since 2012. He is also the author of 9 children's books. 


Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

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112 comments:

  1. They look so amazing! Such a talented artist! Have a wonderful weekend, Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Angie, for your comment and your visit.
      Yes, I think the artist was creative and talented.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Incredible lego art! Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for your link and your comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Thanks for sharing these fantastic sculptures Eileen They are truly amazing. Thanks for hosting and commenting,. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, for your link and your comment.
      The life sized sculptures were amazing.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. That’s a terrific set of sculptures! The artist must really have a vivid imagination.
    Thanks for hosting all the critter posts.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae, for your link and your comment.
      It is amazing what this artist was able to do with Legos.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Those Lego sculptures by Sean Kenney are amazing.

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    1. Thank you Shiju, for your link and your comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Dear Eillen,
    wonderful! Your post today brings back a lot of memories. When Jana was a little girl, we went to Legoland in Denmark - there were also great figures to see there. But Sean Kenney's are much more realistic and look really great. There are also fond memories of this: the little sea turtle that we accompanied from the egg to the water in Costa Rica; we saw zebras, wildebeests and a rhinoceros in Namibia; a nice novel I read was about a Dodo that had been secretly rescued, we saw snow leopards in the "White Zoo", etc. How sad that so many of these animals are threatened in real life - and how good that the talented artist points this out.
    All the best and happy October days
    Traude
    🍁🌻🍂 🌻🍁
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/10/straenkunst-und-gartenlust.html

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    1. Thank you Traude, for your link and your comment.
      It sounds like you are an animal and nature lover just like me.
      It is sad that so many animals are threatened.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    These animals are really beautifully made from Lego bricks.
    What a job this must have been.
    For me, the polar bear with the cubs are also a favorite.
    I really enjoyed your photos.
    I wish you a very good weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, for your link and your comment.
      The Polar Bears were a favorite of mine, so cute.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Wow what an amazing exhibition. How long must it take him to make one? So sad to hear of the number of endangered animals.

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your comment and your visit.
      It is sad so many animals are endangered now.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Very, very... very impressive! Oh, wished someone would invent beaming and I could see this for real.
    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you Iris, for your link and your comment.
      It was a fun exhibit to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Eileen, que maravilhosa escapadinha vocês fizweram, com a oportunidade de ver essa bela exposição! Lindas todas esculturas!Adorei!

    beijos praianos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica, for your comment and your visit.
      It was a fun getaway and the sculptures were beautiful to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Hari Om
    These are simply brilliant and I am a little jealous you got to see them live, as it were. YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam, for your link and your comment.
      I am amazed at this artist creativity.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. The lego sculptures are amazing. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for your link and your comment.
      The sculptures were amazing to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Hello Eileen,
    These Lego figures are so great. The polar bear is probably my favorite among them. I have been to Legoland in Denmark several times, and it is absolutely incredible what can be created with small bricks.
    Take care, and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit, for your comment and your visit.
      The lego sculptures are amazing, people are so creative.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. What a fabulous event! I am so glad you visited. Thanks for hosting and posting!

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    1. Thank you Jenn, for your link and your comment.
      It was a fun exhibit and a great getaway.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Astounding Lego art and conservation information. What a great way to broadcast this message to the world.

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    1. Thank you Ken, for your link and your comment.
      I was happy to see that the artist mentioned which animals were endangered, people can be more aware.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Lego has come a long way and things people can do with it is amazing.,

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    1. Thank you David, for your link and your comment.
      It is amazing to see these Lego sculptures.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Lovely photos of this amazing exhibition, Eileen. The skill of the artist in creating these animals from lego blocks is quite astounding. I am sure the children (and not only!) viewing the exhibition would have enjoyed it and would have learnt much from the signs accompanying the exhibits. I was also pleased to see that the signs are bilingual. There is much opportunity for everyone in the USA to learn to speak Spanish as there are so many native speakers in the population and many an opportunity to converse in Spanish. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the new week.

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    1. Thank you Nick, for your link and your comment.
      I agree people of all ages can enjoy these Lego Sculptures. The bilingual signs are informative and helpful.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. It is remarkable how much creativity a Lego set can bring … the seahorses and all the creatures were a delight to see.

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    1. Thank you Maria, for your link and your comment.
      The seahorses were beautiful and another amazing sculpture.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. Wonderful! Beautiful! Fantastic! Amazing!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea, for your link and your comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. Hello Eileen :=)
    WOW! what a great exhibition of Lego sculptures. It must have taken the artist many hours to complete just one of the animal exhibits.Not only do they look stunning, but are instantly recognisable, and the wealth of valuable information about endangered species is something that everyone should be aware of. I wish I could have gone with you! :=)
    Thank you for hosting Eileen.

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    1. Thank you Sonjia, for your link and your comment.
      Each sign included the amount of hours spent to complete each sculpture. I hope more people are aware of all the endangered animals in the world. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  21. Thank you for a very informative, educational and entertaining post Eileen. It is sad that your narrative about the animals and birds so frequently includes the information that the subect is threatened by extinction, depopulation and/or changes to habitat through man’s greed.

    The park is a great educational tool and because of it’s Lego theme I am sure that it does very well as an attraction to young and old alike. Thanks for the link today. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you Phil, for your link and your comment.
      The Lego sculptures are amazing to see and it is an educational exhibit for all ages.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. ...Eileen, what a fun display! Thanks fo hosting and sharing these creations. Take care and be well.

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    1. Thank you Tom, for your link and your comment.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and your visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. What a beautiful exposition of the artist and he must have made his hobby his work. I like it very much.

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    1. Thank you S.C. for your link and your comment.
      It must be a fun job, he is a very creative artist.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. What a terrific exhibit, Eileen. I can see why you both enjoyed it -- he has a real knack for capturing these critters in avery realistic way. I bet the kids would like that as much as the adults. (Or maybe the other way around!)

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    1. Thank you Jeanie, for your link and your comment.
      I do think people of all ages enjoyed seeing this Lego Sculpture exhibit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. These creations really are amazing! We got to see these at the Arboretum in Asheville a few years ago and I went back and looked at my post to check if it was the same artist and it was. I'll never forget them. So much fun! Love your photos! Hard to pick a favorite but I loved the big animals! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you Diane, for your link and your comment.
      I loved seeing this Lego exhibit, the animals were so life like. I am glad you enjoyed the same exhibit in Asheville.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. these are absolutely AMAZING! stunning art! the artist is so very gifted, they look so real and i would never guess they are made from legos. it is all i could do make a box with them. thanks for sharing, wish i could no stand and stare... my mother would pick the searhorse because she loved seahorses. when she was a child here in Florida they were common in the water here, now they are gone.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! It is a fun exhibit, the Lego animal sculptures were life like. I would love to see a seahorse in the wild.
      Take care, have a great day!

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  28. These are amazing, Eileen. It blows me away to see these shots.

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    1. Thank you RedPat, for your link and your comment.
      It is a great exhibit to see.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  29. My initial reaction after viewing this post was to use the word “amazing” … but that word is so overused today that I’m going to go with “exceptional.” The Lego Sculptures are truly fascinating. I haven’t seen anything quite like this before, and maybe that’s because I just wasn’t paying attention, but thank you Eileen for going, taking all the photos, and sharing. I can’t begin to say which sculpture is my favorite, but, like you, I’m leaning toward the polar bears. By the way, thanks for including the signs. Thanks again for a great Saturday’s Critters. Hope you and yours have a happy weekend and week ahead. John

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    1. Thank you John, for your comment and your visit.
      I know the word is used a lot but these sculptures were amazing. It is nice that signs included how many hours it took to create them and how many Legos were needed to create each sculpture, also the signs alerted people how each animal is endangered or threatened. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  30. Good morning, Eileen I'm so happy I didn't miss this fabulous post of all these delightful Lego critters! Unbelievable as I'm a huge Lego fan as are all my kiddos and their children, and I know how much time just from the sets and creations we've built so this is incredible! I'd love to see this up close too, thank you for sharing this. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Karen, for your link and your comment.
      Both my niece and nephew love working on the Lego sets.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Red! The artist is very creative. Have a great weekend.

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  32. Such an exceptional exhibit. Glad you could see it in person. Happy Saturday to you!

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    1. Thank you Ellen! It was a cool exhibit, I was happy to see it. Take care, have a great weekend.

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  33. Hi Eileen, thank you for visiting my blog. Beautiful post of the lego animal sculptures. Enjoy your weekend. Greetings Caroline

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

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  34. Thank you for this rich post. It's like a mini vacation. I'm glad the hummingbirds find you every year I lean. Thanks for this great party! Aloha!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, for your link and your comment.
      Yes, I am happy the hummingbirds return to my yard every year.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  35. Wow! Eileen what an amazing and creative exhibit by Sean using legos ~ great photos too ~ What an adventure to see!

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol, for your link and your comment.
      Yes, it was an amazing exhibit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you William, for your comment and your visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  37. Wow they are all fantastic. I can't even pick a favorite!

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    1. Thank you Karen, I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  38. Hello, what a fantastic ideas and creative sculptures!
    I really enjoyed reading this post. Love all the sculptures.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend and happy captures!

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    1. Thank you Luisella, for your comment and your visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  39. Wow! I know three grandsons who would LOVE this! Very cool, and I would also love to see in person. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Terri, for your link and your visit.
      Yes, I think your grandson would love these Lego sculptures.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  40. Stunning Lego arts turning into natural creatures.

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      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  41. Such a creative, talented man! Love this exhibit!

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    1. Thank you Marie for your comment and your visit.
      It was a great exhibit, amazing sculptures.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Linda, for your link and your visit.
      Yes, we went just before the exhibit was ending, they do move around the country.
      Take care, have a wonderful weekend.

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  43. Amazing art! Sean Kenney is a very talented artist.
    Have a good Sunday,

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    1. Thank you for your comment and your visit.
      Take care, have a wonderful week.

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  44. That is an amazing exhibit. I kind of wonder how he made those models. Legos are so small. A different way to reach people. We went on vacation to Legoland in California several years ago and it was amazing all the life size things that were built using Legos.

    Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Thank you Alan! It was a fun exhibit and amazing sculptures. I have never been to a Legoland, the closest one is in Florida. I appreciate your link and comment. Have a wonderful week.

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  45. It is wonderful to see this exhibit through your camera lens Eileen, and am very happy you got to see the exhibit. I never did get back to see the ones I missed before it ended, so it is a treat to see those in the series. You took fantastic photos. Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Denise, for the comment and visit. I am glad I saw your post on the exhibit, we were happy to get there before they moved the exhibit to the next place. Happy Sunday, have a wonderful week!

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  47. Me ha encantado esta exposición, gracias por traerla. Que tengas una linda y feliz semana. Abrazos.

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    1. Thank you Teresa, for the comment and the visit. It was a fun exhibit to see. Have a wonderful week!

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  48. Those sculptures are utterly amazing! What a talented artist. Honestly, we saw real whooping cranes in Texas once (from a boat) and these sculptures are just amazing in their likeness.

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    1. Thank you Sallie, so much for the visit and comment. I would love to see the Whooping Cranes in Texas, maybe someday. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  49. These Lego sculptures by Sean Kenney are fantastic. Each and every Lego critter is nice, but my favorite is Snow Leopard. I hadn’t known this artist till now. Thanks for sharing.
    Yoko

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    1. Thank you Yoko, I appreciate your comment and visit. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  50. wow, what a wonderful place to visit :)

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    1. Thank you Monica, for the the link and comment. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  51. yes, Monarch Butterfly Lego sculpture looks so pretty.... love it

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    1. Thank you Tanza, for the comment. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  52. Hello Eileen
    This post gets a big WOW from me!
    The Lego sculptures are amazing and I'm sure all ages really enjoy seeing them.
    The photographs you've shared were so enjoyable to see, thank you.

    I hope this week is passing well for you, it's certainly going speedily by!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, it was a fun exhibit to see. The Lego sculptures were amazing. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  53. That is truly amazing Sean is so, so clever. I remember my kids all enjoyed Lego and we always had pieces around the place I cant imagine working out how to create some of these large sculptures!
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have a virtual visit with you.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren, I appreciate your comment and visit. Have a happy day and a great weekend.

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  54. Son una maravilla. Me encantó verla Eileen. Mis hijos jugaron mucho con Lego .Gracias por compartirla.
    Seguiremos caminando Eileen.
    Buena noche.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Laura, hubby and I enjoyed seeing these Lego sculptures. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  55. Que Exposição incrível! Nunca vi nada em Lego, que se aproximasse da formidável recriação destes animais, e com tal dimensão dos mesmos! Adorei todas as fotos! Estes trabalhos deixaram-me absolutamente encantada!
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! The Lego sculptures are amazing, it was a great place to visit. Take care, have a great day!

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