'Big Bugs' to take over Green Animals Topiary Garden


Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth will be buzzing this summer when “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” takes over from Friday, June 25, through Sunday, Oct. 3.

Even the famous green giraffe will be looking up at some of these gargantuan visitors!

Showcasing pollinators and other bugs on a massive scale, the “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” exhibition includes a 10-foot-tall Daddy Long Legs weighing 600 pounds, an 18-foot-long Praying Mantis weighing 1,200 pounds, a 10-foot-long Damselfly and an array of other massive creatures – nine total – placed in various locations around Green Animals. There will also be a colossal butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan in The Breakers Welcome Center.

Green Animals will be closed June 21-22 to accommodate setup. Work on the exhibition will continue June 23-24, but the property will be open to visitors. There will be no access to areas where work on sculptures is taking place. The exhibition is scheduled to be fully open June 25.

“We have never hosted anything like this before, but Green Animals is the perfect setting for this unique exhibition,” said Trudy Coxe, CEO and executive director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the topiary garden. “People are going to be amazed when they see what David has created. The size and detail are just stunning. We cannot wait to share this with our visitors.”

These sculptures are created with various combinations of found or fallen trees, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches, and other sustainable forest materials. This work is one part landscape art, one part recycled art and two parts environmental art.

“When I go out into the forest, I am looking for shapes, colors, and textures,” David says of his process. “The inherent uniqueness of these materials, their different shapes, colors and textures, provide these sculptures with character, definition and a sense of motion.”

Admission to “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” is included with the Preservation Society’s Stroll the Gardens & Grounds ticket, which includes two other properties and allows visitors to picnic on the grounds. Stroll the Gardens & Grounds tickets are $18 per adult and $8 per youth (ages 6-17). Go to NewportMansions.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

For more information about the artist and the exhibition, visit www.davidrogersbigbugs.com.

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