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David Rogers' Big Bugs

May 23 - August 31, 2014    


We’re thrilled to host David Rogers’ Big Bugs this summer, an enchanting outdoor art installation featuring 10 enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark and other natural materials. In addition to the giant bugs, we have planned interactive activities and components designed to engage visitors, enrich their experience, and draw connections between art and nature.

This is the second time Cheekwood has hosted Big Bugs, first opening the popular exhibition in the summer of 2001. This year’s showing will include the same giant ants, praying mantis, and dragonfly sculptures that thrilled visitors 13 years ago, plus many more predators, pollinators and critters to enjoy.

In addition, Cheekwood’s expert Garden Guides will lead interactive safari journeys through the Big Bugs exhibition, exploring the enormous insects one by one and delivering fun, fascinating facts about each, from its quirky habits to its unique job in nature. The safari will highlight not only the fascinating world of insects but also the importance of bugs in the earth’s natural environment. Tours start every Saturday at 11 a.m., offered June – August.

A free, self-guided “Bug Hunt” Adventure Brochure will be available at the Visitors Center throughout the exhibition’s run, giving clues for insect investigators of all ages to follow as they discover the Big Bugs hiding throughout the gardens.

Since its debut in 1994, David Rogers’ Big Bugs have toured botanical gardens all over the U.S. as a featured exhibit. This collection of huge creepy crawlers has delighted garden visitors for over a decade with its giant insects and natural aesthetic, and has also served a very important educational purpose: to build public awareness about the importance of the preserving our natural world.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs opens at Cheekwood May 23 and will close August 31, 2014.

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