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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
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2007

Big Daddy Long Legs Sculpture Makes its Debut at the Wildflower Center

What: Big Daddy Long Legs sculpture debut. When: Artist installation April 1. The sculpture will be on display until April 6.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX. The sculpture will be located in the outdoor display area in front of the café.

Background: David Rogers has been an artist in residence for the last few months at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, while completing his newest addition to his "BIG BUGS" exhibit, Big Daddy Long Legs. The artist felt it was only fitting to debut his work at the Wildflower Center, where it was created. Big Daddy Long Legs has the largest footprint of the exhibit at 17 by 17 feet across and standing 10 feet high. The sculpture is made from all native materials using willow for the body and red cedar for the legs. The artist used local materials and talent during the sculpture's construction including Southwest Trading Post, Stock Building Supply and Spillar Custom Hitches.

The Wildflower Center hosted the "BIG BUGS" exhibit in 2006 which included enormous sculptures of a spider, dragonfly, praying mantis, grasshopper, ladybug, damselfly, assassin bug and ants. The exhibit's next stop will be the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more information call 512.292.4100 or visit www.wildflower.org.

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