380 Corys Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 3
Green Animals Topiary Garden is buzzing with David Rogers’ Big Bugs!
This fun and educational sculpture exhibition reveals the amazing world of bugs in their natural environment, fitting right in among the famous green giraffe, elephant, bears and more.
Showcasing tiny pollinators on a massive scale, David Rogers’ Big Bugs includes a 10-foot-tall Daddy Long Legs, an 18-foot-long Praying Mantis, a 10-foot long Damselfly and an array of other creatures – nine total – placed in various locations around the gardens. Learn about the roles they play in the plant world, and how these little bugs help us in big ways.
These beautiful sculptures are created with various combinations of fallen trees, selectively harvested green saplings, dry branches and other sustainable forest materials. This work is one part landscape art, one part recycled art and two parts environmental art.
“The inherent uniqueness of these materials, their different shapes, colors and textures, provide these sculptures with character, definition and a sense of motion,” says their creator, artist David Rogers.
Admission to David Rogers’ Big Bugs at Green Animals Topiary Garden is included with regular admission. Preservation Society Members receive FREE ADMISSION to all properties.
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David Rogers’ Big Bugs at Green Animals Topiary Garden through October 3
About Green Animals
Located in Portsmouth, R.I., Green Animals Topiary Garden is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. In addition to more than 80 topiaries in the shape of animals and geometric designs, it is home to a remarkable array of flowering bulbs, perennials, annuals and shrubs that bloom colorfully throughout the spring, summer and fall.
About David Rogers
With a devotion to rustic design and all-natural materials, he 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.
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