David Rogers' Big Bugs

Big Bugs was exhibited at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden February through July 2012.

Rogers' playful art installation skews scale and creates an environment that shrinks visitors and enlarges common creatures to uncommon proportions.

Insects are often taken for granted. But these little creatures outnumber us one million to one. Many live in communal groups working as one for the common good. Their ranks include engineers, soldiers, weightlifters, weavers, hunters, stalkers, gatherers and even royalty.

When these remarkable and diverse beings are recreated on a gargantuan scale using all-natural materials you have David Rogers' BIG BUGS. Rogers' sculptures are created using combinations of trees found standing or fallen, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches and other forest materials.

The inherent uniqueness of these materials—different shapes, colors and textures—provide character, definition and a sense of motion. Since its debut at the Dallas Arboretum in 1994, Rogers' Big Bugs has traveled across the U.S., but has not been in Southern California since 2001.

Themed and/or accessibility tours are available for Big Bugs by reservation. Please contact the registrar at (909) 625-8767, ext. 224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

This exhibition is sponsored, in part, by Claremont Toyota and Golden State Water Company.