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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 24, 2006

Held Over! David Rogers' BIG BUGS Exhibit Extended Until December 2

EVENT: The David Rogers' BIG BUGS exhibit includes eight enormous sculptures of insects -- a 1,200-pound praying mantis, a 7-foot assassin bug and the biggest spider you will ever see -- all located in the beautiful gardens and meadows at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

WHEN: Exhibit runs until Dec. 2.

WHERE: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX

BACKGROUND: It's not too late to see the BIG BUGS exhibit at the Wildflower Center! The exhibit, originally scheduled to close November 4, has been held over by popular demand. Kids who visit take home a BIG BUGS for Little People activity book. Check out the Wildflower Center's Web site (www.wildflower.org) for interactive features, games and puzzles about beneficial bugs.

David Rogers will work at the Wildflower Center as an artist in residence December 1 through February 28 preparing the BIG BUGS for their next journey. Rogers, a native of Long Island, first became intrigued by a bent maple sapling, which reminded him of a dinosaur's backbone. Using fallen limbs and branches, he created “Goliath,” a 17-foot long, 30-foot high dinosaur. From “Goliath” it was just a short leap to the BIG BUGS! He fashions his garden sculptures of beneficial insects and spiders using combinations of natural materials, including whole trees, cut green saplings, dry branches and other found forest materials.

The exhibit is presented by H-E-B Tournament of Champions. Media sponsors are the Austin American-Statesman, KXAN, 107.1 KGSR, KUT 90.5 and Texas Highways. It is a project of the Junior League of Austin.

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