David Rogers’ Big Bugs larger-than-life sculptures will invade the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Eilana Rodriguez |

Exhibition opens Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 1)

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 13, 2019) – They’re big, really big. David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they are coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

This gigantic exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 1) and will be on display through Dec. 8. David Rogers’ Big Bugs is a nationally prominent touring exhibit. Visitors will see 10 larger-than-life insect sculptures, all made from natural materials, positioned throughout the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden. The sculptures are created using various combinations of whole trees found standing or fallen dead, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches, and other forest materials. The inherent uniqueness of these materials – their varying shapes, colors, and textures provide the sculptures with character, definition, and a sense of motion.

  • Three Ants (25’ L x 12’ W x 10’ H; Bent willow on armature, carved red cedar; 725 lbs)
  • Praying Mantis (18’ L x 20’ W x 2’ Dia; Carved black locust, 1200 lbs)
  • Dragonfly (17’ L x 17’ W x 1’ Dia; Carved red cedar, willow on armature; 175 lbs)
  • Damselfly (10’ L x 3’ W x 10’ H; Carved red cedar, willow on armature, black locust; 100 lbs)
  • XL Lady Bug (7’ L x 7’ W x 3’ H; Bent willow on armature, black walnut; 150 lbs)
  • Spider and Web (Spider – 3’L x 4’ W x 1’ H; Carved red cedar or carved black walnut; 60 lbs; Web – 12’ L x 12” W; willow on armature; 75 lbs)
  • Assassin Bug (7’ L x 7’ W x 3.5’ H; Carved black walnut, carved red cedar; 150 lbs)
  • Daddy Long Legs (17’ L x 17’ H x 10’ H; Red cedar and willow; 600 lbs)

The exhibition educates the public about the importance of preservation and conservation on the planet by introducing them to the world of insects, the role they play in the plant world, and their interconnectedness to our lives. Bugs outnumber humans one million to one. Many live in communal groups working as one for the common good of all. Their ranks include engineers, soldiers, weightlifters, weavers, hunters, stalkers, gatherers, and even royalty. When you take this remarkable and diverse group of hidden gardeners and recreate them on a gargantuan scale, you have David Rogers’ Big Bugs. 

David Rogers’ Big Bugs is made possible by the generosity of these sponsors: Dickson-Allen Foundation, Gretchen Swanson Family Foundation, Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, and The USAA Foundation.

About the San Antonio Botanical Garden: About San Antonio Botanical Garden
The mission of the San Antonio Botanical Garden is to inspire people to connect with the plant world and understand the importance of plants in our lives. The San Antonio Botanical Garden features 38 acres of nature spaces located deep in the heart of San Antonio. Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $12 adults; $10 students, seniors, military; $9 children age 3-13; $3 SNAP/WIC EBT Cardholders. San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place at North New Braunfels. Parking is free. The Botanical Garden is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit or call 210.536.1400.