Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Bug Sculptor Returns to Owensboro with Fall Display

bug sculp1OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/13/13) – For the next month and a half, visitors to the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens will have the opportunity to see bugs in a whole new way – as life-size statues placed strategically around the grounds.

David Rogers, who’s been designing sculpts to display at sites across the country for the last 20 years, said he was excited about the opportunity to return to Owensboro after his last set-up in 2008.

“When he called me, I really wanted to bring it back,” Rogers said of Bill Tyler, who along with his wife, Susie, donated the land for the establishment of the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens. The Tylers help manage the facility along with other volunteers.

Rogers said coming back with a new display is something he always knew he would eventually do.

“We talked as soon as the show ended about it. This is one of the smaller gardens (where displays are set up) but I hold it in the highest regard because of the people,” Rogers said. “This is the coolest botanical garden story I know of.”

bug sculp2

In all, 10 sculpts are on display at the garden, including three ants, a daddy longlegs, lady bugs, and a sculpt Rogers called “Spider in the Web.” The daddy longlegs is a new piece. Rogers said after “eyeballing” one of the sidewalks, he “knew it would fit” there as the central piece of the exhibit.

The various sculptures on display here are made from different types of wood, such as locust, walnut, and cedar.

“I think the challenge is to make it look new again. How do we really make it look new?” Rogers said. “This is the winner for the event, I think.”

bug sculp3

In all, Rogers currently has 32 different sculptures on display in various regions of the country. Over the last two decades, he has worked with almost 50 gardens to produce about 70 shows in 37 different states. He got his start after designing a sculpture of a dinosaur out of Willow Sapling sticks. Some of his earliest calls from botanical gardens came from places like Kennett Square near Philadelphia, Penn., and a garden in Dallas, Tx.

“The Return of the Big Bugs” exhibit will be on display through Oct. 30. A number of special events are planned at WKBG in conjunction with the display, such as a Kids Kamp Oct. 7 through Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. until noon each day, and “The WannaBeatles Meet the Big Beetles,” a musical performance by a Nashville-based band from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29.

bug sculp4

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Dennis Beard

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button coupons

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,356.87
+288.00 (1.69%)    
2 S&P 2,012.89
+40.15 (2.04%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,644.31
+96.48 (2.12%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button classifieds
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 8764

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8276

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 7846

Man Allegedly Threatening Medical Staff with…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wes Miller
December 17, 2014 4890

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 4727

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 4660

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 12, 2014 4547

Man Allegedly Hits Brother with Pickup Truck…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Wesley Miller
December 15, 2014 4205

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 12, 2014 3725

Man Accused of Public Intoxication, Stealing…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 3168

Vehicle Careens down 150 Foot Embankment with…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

December 17, 2014 4890

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 4727

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 1239

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 17, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 992

Princeton Road Drug Investigation Results in…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 17, 2014 862

Harney-Led Lady Mustangs Top Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 806

Change to Holiday Schedule for LBL Administrative…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Land Between The Lakes
December 17, 2014 742

KSP Charges Grayson County Man with Crimes…

in General News For All Sites by Sherry H. Bray
December 17, 2014 737

KYTC Announces Winners of 2014 Adopt-a-Highway…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
December 17, 2014 735

Mustangs Earn District Win over Ohio County

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
December 17, 2014 632

MFD Summoned to Seminary Street for Garage Fire

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss