'Big Bugs' take over Morton Arboretum

April 23, 2008 3:54:28 PM PDT
Several giant six-legged creatures and mammoth dragonflies are crawling around Morton Arboretum. The new exhibit opens Friday. Fifteen giant bugs- the big, the bad and the ugly- are giving visitors a magnified look at the creepy, crawly creatures that give us shivers. The sculptures are the work of artist David Rogers, who has loved bugs since childhood.

"I absolutely did my fair share of messing around with bugs. And, I got stung plenty. And I learned not to bother them but to observe them and that was just as much fun," said Rogers.

The show, called "Big Bugs," opens officially Friday for a three-month run. It's fun. It's educational and, according to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., it's designed to get all ages out here- but especially kids.

"We want them to look at bugs and we want them to investigate the relationship between bugs and people and trees. We want them to go back home and look in their own backyards and continue that investigation," said Anamari Dorgan, Morton Arboretum Mgr. of Exhibits.

Rogers began the project 20 years ago by making big bugs out of dead wood he found in forests. Now, he travels the country exhibiting his works of insect art.

"I want them to be easily recognizable for a child and adult. That's what I like. Simple is better," said Rogers.

For information about the exhibit, visit MortonArb.org


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