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About David Rogers
With a devotion to rustic design and all-natural materials, David Rogers began constructing various styles of rustic furnishings and garden structures employing different kinds of trees and techniques. He developed a very ornate bent-sapling construction style named “Victorian Rustic.”
It was in the fall of 1990, while staying on a cousin’s farm in Vermont’s Green Mountains, that he encountered a maple sapling bent over from previous winter’s ice storm. “There was something about the curvature and posture of this particularly ravaged tree – a backbone to a large beast, perhaps – that suggested a new life for the tree,” he recalled.
Using dried branches and different varieties of tree saplings, a “dinosaur” sculpture emerged in 12 inspired days. This first large piece combined all of his earlier work and life experience, and forever changed his ideas of what he could build using materials found in nature. In 1991, he developed those ideas and early designs that would become David Rogers’ Big Bugs.
He built 10 sculptures and had his first show at the Dallas Arboretum in the summer of 1994. He has now exhibited in 40 states since that first show, and there are currently 40 sculptures in the collection. Nine of them were displayed at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, R.I., from June 18-October 3, 2021.
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