There are only a few days left to see the exhibit Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois. The traveling exhibit of LEGO® animal sculptures Brick Safari opened on Saturday, May 11, 2019, as I wrote about in April, and will be open through Sunday, September 29, 2019. This was the North American debut of the traveling exhibit of over forty life-sized sculptures, comprised of 1,600,000 LEGO® bricks, which took almost 8,000 man-hours to build. [LEGO® is the trademark of Lego A/S (doing business as The LEGO® Group), which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse the exhibit.] The sculptures are displayed along a winding path on the east side of the zoological park. For the map, click here.
Some of the sculptures, including the lion, giraffe, snow leopard, and pangolin correspond with real animals at Brookfield Zoo. Others, such as the elephant and giant panda and its cubs, have no living counterparts at Brookfield Zoo at present.
The exhibit appeals to children, Adult Fans of LEGO® (A.F.O.L.), art lovers, and people interested in zoology. Exhibit visitors can take selfies in a Safari Jeep comprised of LEGO® bricks. The gift shop near the exhibit’s exit sells a variety of brick-themed products. Colorful exhibit labels next to each sculpture will feature facts and poems about the animals in question. Metro by T- – Mobile is sponsoring the exhibit.
Brick Safari is open during Zoo Hours. Admission to the exhibit will be $5 for adults and $3 for children (ages three-to-eleven) and senior citizens (ages sixty-five-and-over). Toddlers and infants two-and-under are free. Brookfield Zoo members get half off admission. General zoo admission is $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children (ages three-to-eleven) and senior citizens (ages sixty-five-and-over).
“We wanted to bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math) to Brookfield Zoo in a fun way,” stated Andre Copeland, Interpretive Programs Manager for the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo. “Adults will be able to reflect when they were kids, how using STEAM skills allowed them to be creative, problem-solve, and exercise critical thinking skills. For the younger guests seeing the exhibit, they can use their imaginations and learn how anything is attainable if they put these skills to use.”
Figure 1 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption This Bengal tiger sculpture comprised of LEGO® bricks is standing at Roosevelt Fountain while the traveling exhibit Brick Safari remains open at Brookfield Zoo. It is comprised of 85,000 LEGO® bricks and took 392 man-hours to build.
Figure 2 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: This elk sculpture is comprised of 87,464 LEGO® bricks and took 602 man-hours to build.
Figure 3 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: This sculpture of a giant panda eating bamboo is one of three in the exhibit Brick Safari. Combined, they are comprised of a total of 40,000 LEGO® bricks and took 206 man-hours to build.
Figure 4 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: This giraffe sculpture is comprised of 110,000 LEGO® bricks and took 375 man-hours to build.
Figure 5 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: This is one of three lion sculptures in the exhibit Brick Safari. Combined, they are comprised of a total of 73,000 LEGO® bricks and took 549 man-hours to build.
Figure 6 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption: These two macaws are comprised of 2,000 LEGO® bricks and took forty-eight hours to build.
Figure 7 Credit: Cathy Bazzoni, Chicago Zoological Society Caption This orangutan is comprised of 30,500 LEGO® bricks and took 180 man-hours to build.
BRICK SAFARI STATISTICS
|Sculpture||Number of LEGO® Bricks||Number of Man-hours|
|Aardvark||27,342 LEGO® bricks||155 hours|
|African Painted Dog||12,500 LEGO® bricks||113 hours|
|Alligator||64,256 LEGO® bricks||346 hours|
|Arctic Fox||3,250 LEGO® bricks||94 hours|
|Bengal Tiger (at Roosevelt Fountain)||85,000 LEGO® bricks||392 hours|
|Bluefin Tuna (2)||33,000 LEGO® bricks||78 hours|
|Chinese Salamander||11,500 LEGO® bricks||63 hours|
|Cobra||28,760 LEGO® bricks||95 hours|
|Dolphin||59,000 LEGO® bricks||84 hours|
|Duck-Billed Platypus||5,752 LEGO® bricks||29 hours|
|Elephant||271,739 LEGO® bricks||1,600 hours|
|Elk||87,464 LEGO® bricks||602 hours|
|Emperor Penguin (3)||6,900 LEGO® bricks||49 hours|
|Giant Pandas (3)||40,000 LEGO® bricks||206 hours|
|Giraffe||110,000 LEGO® bricks||375 hours|
|Gorilla||33,000 LEGO® bricks||167 hours|
|Brown Bear (2)||136,569 LEGO® bricks||382 hours|
|Leopard||42,500 LEGO® bricks||340 hours|
|Lions (3)||73,000 LEGO® bricks||549 hours|
|Macaws (2)||2,000 LEGO® bricks||48 hours|
|Mako Shark||80,000 LEGO® bricks||282 hours|
|Orangutan||30,500 LEGO® bricks||180 hours|
|Pangolin||1,500 LEGO® bricks||22 hours|
|Polar Bear||96,000 LEGO® bricks||312 hours|
|Red-Ruffed Lemur||7,000 LEGO® bricks||64 hours|
|Rhino||155,000 LEGO® bricks||403 hours|
|Ring-Tailed Lemur||5,000 LEGO® bricks||6 hours|
|Rockhopper Penguin||3,200 LEGO® bricks||101 hours|
|Sea Otters (3)||17,100 LEGO® bricks||238 hours|
|Siberian Tiger (4)||72,500 LEGO® bricks||398 hours|
|Snow Leopard||32,500 LEGO® bricks||101 hours|
|Tasmanian Devil||6,500 LEGO® bricks||50 hours|
|Yellowfin Tuna||13,000 LEGO® bricks||38 hours|
|Totals||1,653,332 LEGO® bricks||7,962 hours|
The Chicago Zoological Society is a private, non-profit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Brookfield Zoo met the American Humane Association’s rigorous standards for the care and welfare of animals to become the world’s first zoo to receive Humane Certified™ certification.
The Brookfield Zoo is open every day of the year. It is located between the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and is also accessible via the TriState Tollway (I-294). The North Gate Main Entrance address is 8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield, Illinois 60513. The South Gate Main Entrance address is 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 60513. A train station, the Hollywood (Zoo Stop) on Metra’s B.N.S.F. line, is a few blocks to the south of the South Gate entrance. The Website is www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.