Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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David Rogers Big Bugs

Hurry! Exhibit ends August 31

Discover Big Bugs all over the garden! Pick up a map at the Visitors Center. Free with admission.

Big Bugs Garden Etiquette

The Big Bugs art sculptures are fragile and CAN NOT be climbed on. This rule not only helps to preserve the artwork, but more importantly, is for the safety of our visitors. No-Climb signage has been posted throughout the garden as a reminder and we thank you for your cooperation.

Members: We welcome you to be ambassadors for the Arboretum and encourage your support of the 'no-climb' etiquette with newcomers. Thank you!

These amazing ‘bugs’ are the creation of Long Island sculptor, David Rogers. Made mostly from found materials, primarily trees and plants that have fallen and died, each Big Bug is a unique creation with its own whimsical character. Click here to learn more about the artist.

Visitors will have to explore the entire Morris Arboretum garden to discover them all. The bugs are designed to awe and to educate, reminding us in a big way about the vital role that insects play in the environment, and of their diversity. The Big Bugs by David Rogers exhibit it made possible by the Madeleine K. Butcher Endowment.


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Ants (3)

Dimensions: 25’L x 12’W x 10’H each
Weight: 725 lbs. each
Materials and Construction: Body- bent willow on armature / Eyes- carved red cedar
Install Crew: Four people by hand

Ant

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Praying Mantis

Dimensions: 18’L x 20’W x 2’Dia.
Weight: 1200 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Carved black locust
Install Crew: Minimum of five people, Tractor (lifting equipment), 10’-to-12’ folding ladder

Praying Mantis

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Dragon Fly

Dimensions: 17’L x 17’W x 1’ Dia.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Body- carved red cedar / Wings- willow on armature
Install Crew: Two people by hand

Dragon Fly

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Damsal Fly

Dimensions: 10’L x 3’W x 10’H
Weight: 100 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Body- carved red cedar / Wings- willow on armature / Perch- black locust
Install Crew: Two people by hand

Damsal Fly

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Spider with Web

Dimensions: 3’L x 4’W x 1’H
Weight: 60 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Carved black walnut, Willow on armature
Install Crew: Four people by hand, 20' extension ladder

Spider with Web

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Assassin Bug

Dimensions: 7’L x 7’W x 3.5’H
Weight: 150 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Body and legs- carved black walnut / Eyes and sword- carved red cedar
Install Crew: Two people by hand

Assassin Bug

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XL Lady Bug

Dimensions: 7’L x 7’W x 3’H
Weight: 150 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Body- bent willow on armature / Head, legs and spots- black walnut
Install Crew: Two people by hand

XL Lady Bug

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Grasshopper

Dimensions: 11’L x 4.5’W x 4’H
Weight: 150 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Carved black locust
Install Crew: Two people by hand

Grasshopper

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Daddy Long-Legs

Dimensions: 17’L x 17’W x 10’H
Weight: 600 lbs.
Materials and Construction: Body- willow on armature / Legs and eyes- red cedar
Install Crew: Four people by hand

Daddy Long-Legs

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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