LEGO® Brick Animal Sculptures Coming to the South Carolina Aquarium

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BricksALIVE Experience Opens August 19

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They’ve been a staple of almost everyone’s childhood, LEGO® bricks, now they’re inspiring guests at the South Carolina Aquarium. BricksALIVE, which opens August 19, features a collection of twelve life-sized animal sculptures throughout the Aquarium’s second floor. These amazing and complex sculptures will represent species that call South Carolina home.

Creativity and imagination will come to life through more than 250,000 colorful LEGO® bricks that form one-of-a-kind animal sculptures including a bald eagle, a sea turtle, a river otter and an 8-foot dolphin. The Aquarium’s exhibit team is designing and constructing the sculptures which once done, will have taken five months to complete. Aquarium guests will be able to contribute to the experience through a special interactive building station, inspiring all ages to learn more about our oceans through play. Guests may add a personal touch by placing their finished sculptures on a coral reef, creating a one-of-a-kind sculpture that keeps growing.

The Aquarium is accepting gently used LEGO® bricks and plates to help construct the new sculptures. This brick drive is a great opportunity to recycle LEGO® bricks. For more information on the donations being accepted, click here. Individuals who donate will receive emails documenting the build of BricksALIVE and a special invitation to the exhibit opening on August 19.

BricksALIVE aims to connect guests with animals and the ocean through LEGO® bricks, ultimately inspiring guests to connect with and care for our environment. The experience will be included with general admission to the Aquarium or an Aquarium membership. For more information, visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Fast Facts:

  • BricksALIVE Opens at the South Carolina Aquarium August 19, 2016
  • The exhibit features twelve life-sized animal sculptures made out of LEGO® bricks
  • Donations of LEGO® bricks or DUPLO® bricks are being accepted; click here for more information
  • BricksALIVE will be included with general admission to the Aquarium or with an Aquarium membership
  • For more information, visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474)

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this content.

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium(dot)org.

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of the Charleston Harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.) The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddlers, $22.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and Adults and free for Members. For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit


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