Flamingo Gardens presents Sean Kenney’s Nature POP®!
Flamingo Gardens is proud to present Nature POP®! this summer, May 27 to September 4, 2023. The award-winning exhibit, from artist Sean Kenney, features 44 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® bricks. Consider the interconnectedness of nature as you explore its beauty through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with the jungle-like surroundings of Flamingo Gardens.
Sculptures featured in the exhibit will include a polar bear, lion, dog, snow leopard, rabbits, dragonflies, and many more. Sean Kenney’s Nature POP®! hopes to engage young brick-building enthusiasts and inspire acts of art, preservation, and conservation, while exploring the impact of climate change.
Special event weekends scheduled during this exhibit include Exhibit Opening/Memorial Day Weekend - May 27, 28 & 29, Featured Creatures Weekend - June 17 & 18, Nature POP®! Art Weekend - July 15 & 16, Back 2 School Weekend - August 12 & 13, and Exhibit Closing/Labor Day Weekend - September 2, 3 &4. The event weekends will each include special entertainment, kids’ corner projects, and other fun-themed activities.
In the fall, visitors to Flamingo Gardens will discover Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats on display in the Gallery from September 16, 2023, to January 28, 2024. The exhibit dispels the myths surrounding bats and reveals them to be the gentle, beneficial little animals they are. With lifelike models and interactives, the ecological importance of bats is revealed, and visitors can better understand and truly appreciate the wonders of the bat world. The exhibit features a gothic castle entrance, bronze sculptures that visitors can touch and feel, stunning photography, and interactive exhibits.
Microsculpture is a ground-breaking project by the British photographer Levon Bliss, that presents insect specimens from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History like never before. Large-scale images reveal an unexpected and often breathtaking beauty and make visible the many intricate adaptations to the form of insects – what entomologists call their microsculpture. The huge photographic prints, up to 9 feet, are displayed artfully throughout the botanical garden from March 2 to May 5, 2024.
Created through a collaboration between Levon and the Museum, this series of beautifully lit, high magnification portraits captures the microscopic form of insects in striking high-resolution detail. The Microsculpture exhibit provides the viewer with a unique opportunity to study and appreciate this hidden world of insects.
These exciting exhibits are in addition to the wonder and awe that is on display every day at Flamingo Gardens throughout the year!
Flamingo Gardens is a botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary featuring rare, unusual, or endangered tropical and sub-tropical plants, and providing a home to permanently injured and non-releasable Florida native wildlife.
At Flamingo Gardens you can feed a flamingo, take a narrated Tram Tour through a tropical hardwood jungle, and encounter Everglades native wildlife including alligators, black bears, bobcats, eagles, hawks, otters, owls, panthers, peacocks and of course flamingos. Be sure to visit the new native Butterfly Conservatory!
Founded in 1927 as a citrus grove by Floyd and Jane Wray, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. Flamingo Gardens is part of the Long Key chain of islands, once surrounded by the Everglades. The hardwood hammocks of ancient live oak trees were once inhabited by the Tequesta people as far back as 1000 BC, and are part of an important bird migratory route.
Most of the large trees and plants at Flamingo Gardens were planted in the 20s, 30s, and 40s through the US Department of Agriculture program that sent plants and seeds from around the world to see what could grow in South Florida. Today, the 60-acre, not-for-profit botanical garden boasts 15 Champion Trees, certified as the largest trees of their species by the Florida Division of Forestry. It contains thousands of orchids and one of the largest heliconia collections in the continental United States.
Built in 1933, the historic Wray Home is the oldest residence in Broward County west of University Drive, and is now a museum reflecting South Florida life in the 1930s.
Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 3750 South Flamingo Road in Davie, FL 33330, three miles south of I-595 and just north of Griffin Road. Flamingo Gardens is open daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas), from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The last ticket is sold at 4:00 pm. Allow at least 2-3 hours to see all it has to offer!
Flamingo Gardens Admission:
- $21.95 for ages 12+,
- $15.95 for ages 3-11,
- Flamingo Gardens members and children 2 or younger are admitted free.
All exhibits, Narrated tram tour, Wray Home Museum, Wildlife Encounter Show, Butterfly Conservatory, Arboretum, and Gallery exhibits are included in admission. Specialty weekend programs may be subject to change. Please visit www.FlamingoGardens.org or call 954-473-2955 for more details prior to your visit.
Nature Pop®! exhibition is created by Sean Kenney Design and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.