Photos: 'Big Bugs' swarm Desert Botanical Garden


by Catherine Holland

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 7 at 1:06 PM

PHOENIX – Some very special – very large – bugs have invaded Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

When I say “very large,” I’m not exaggerating. In fact, “very large” doesn’t even begin to describe these insect predators, pollinators and beneficial critters. They're ginormous, dwarfing us mere humans.

These larger-than-life bugs are the work of sculpture David Rogers and they’re part of a unique exhibit aptly named David Rogers’ Big Bugs.

The exhibit officially opens on Monday, Sept. 12, but from his unique vantage point in the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper, Bruce Haffner captured video of the installation of one of the 11 enormous sculptures.

Rogers created each pieces with fallen or found woods, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark and other natural materials. The sculptures are range from 7 to 25 feet long and weigh 300 to a stunning 1,200 pounds. They are nothing short of spectacular.

“When you take this remarkable and diverse group of ‘hidden gardeners’ and recreate them on a gargantuan scale using all-natural materials, you have the Big Bugs,” wrote Rogers on his website. “The effect is a role reversal of dimension and perception.”

The incredible display debuted at the Dallas Arboretum in 1994 and has since traveled all over the country.

Big Bugs will between on display throughout Desert Botanical Garden Sept. 12-Jan. 1, 2012.

Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. It's open daily, 7 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Regular admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students 13-18, and $8 for children 3-12. Admission is free for members. There are varying levels of membership.