As soon as we announced our Brick Building Contest tied to the Nature Connects exhibit opening, we knew we’d be in for a treat once the entries started pouring in! We asked you to create your best original nature-themed sculpture, which would be judged by a public vote, as well as an expert panel that included a Master Model Builder from LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in DFW.
We got 31 amazing entries and were blown away by the talent from the four categories (age 10 and under, age 11-17, age 18 and up, and family builders). We loved how each entrant described how their sculpture helped them connect with nature. Eleven-year-old Wesley Tatum from Cleburne, who loves insects, was inspired to make his red velvet ant sculpture after he visited the ants at the Dallas Zoo. Six-year-old Emily from Coppell created “The World” because she wanted to include many animals and plants, including the jungle, desert, Iceland, and the ocean.
Expert judge James Wilson, a Master Model Builder from LEGOLAND Discovery Center DFW, said the talent that was shown in this building contest was phenomenal.
“I could really see the passion and hard work put into the models. And I was very surprised that some of my favorite models actually came from the younger contestants. As a Master Model Builder, I was mainly looking for the models that use unique or interesting building techniques, which I was pleased to find a lot of. Especially in the parrot in the 18+ division – the use of LEGO surfboards as tail feathers was outstanding.
“I noticed a good number of the models were made to look like a scene, as if it were depicting a scene from a story or even a favorite part of a families visit to the Dallas Zoo. It was interesting to think about the story the builder was trying to convey with their LEGO model,” said Wilson.
All entrants deserve a big round of applause for their incredible efforts, and we’d especially like to give three cheers to our amazing winners, who are listed below by category. These builders won a family four-pack of tickets to the Zoo, where they can see the incredible LEGO® brick sculptures of Nature Connects, created by world-renowned artist Sean Kenney. They’ve also each won a special VIP animal experience, which we’re sure will help them connect to nature in a whole new way. And because we loved all of these entries so much, we’re going to give tickets to everyone who entered!
Check out all of our winning sculptures below.