John Ball Zoo

Supersizing Nature's Small & Mighty!

Be one of the first to see this amazing exhibition in the United States! Having traveled across the pond from Great Britain, BRICKLIVE Supersized! brings an astonishing larger-than-life toy brick animal adventure featuring sculptures created with nearly 2 million toy bricks. 

Supersizing nature’s small and mighty is the theme for this larger-than-life exhibition. From the small and stinky honey badger to the small and highly venomous blue-ringed octopus, all creatures have been chosen for their colorful appearance in nature, unusual natural abilities, and because they can be magnified to an eye-popping size.

Additional highlights include a brightly-colored common kingfisher who is small and territorial in real life is magnified over 30 times to a towering 11 feet tall toy brick sculpture. The small and new Bornean neon blue-legged tarantula is a recently discovered species in nature that fits in the palm of a hand, but with BRICKLIVE Supersized! it is magnified 84 times to an astonishing 12 feet tall.

As guests make their way through John Ball Zoo, they will discover more about these often misunderstood creatures, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, insects, mammals, and marine species that are truly small and mighty in nature.

Each sculpture will have educational signage featuring facts about where they live in the world, what they eat, and their real-life size, along with how magnified the sculpture is, how many toy bricks were used, the amount of time, and the number of builders it took to create.

BRICKLIVE Supersized! will be on display at John Ball Zoo from when the Zoo opens for the 2021 season on March 27 through September 26 and is included with general admission. Reserve your tickets today! 

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Check them out here.
Please contact Maggie Scogg, Events & Corporate Sponsorship Manager, at 616-336-3309 or

Wondering how these are built? Check out this time-lapsed video of the praying mantis being built. 

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