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Big Bugs invade Western Kentucky

OWENSBORO — Big bugs have invaded the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro.

The invasion on Sunday brought out swarms of spectators who wanted to see giant wooden sculptures that are 10 feet to 15 feet tall and weigh up to 1,200 pounds. The bugs include ants, a dragonfly, a praying mantis and a spider.

The display by Long Island, N.Y., artist David Rogers opened Sunday and runs through late October. Rogers said much of the wood used for the 10 sculptures comes from fallen timber, and it can take up to three months to make one bug.

Cheryl Cox of Lewisport took her granddaughter Madison, 10, to the exhibit and reported that the bugs are ”just amazing.“

Boswell agreed. ”They're really cool,“ she said. ”(I) took lots of pictures.“

Bill Tyler, past president of the garden's board, said it took organizers two years to arrange bringing the educational display to Owensboro. Signs with information about the bugs are located near the sculptures.

”We feel like this is a great opportunity,“ he said.

Garden spokeswoman Karen Miller has said the exhibit was making its first stop in Kentucky. At a cost of $150,000, she said it's one of the most ambitious art projects ever for Owensboro.

The show is being promoted with a series of entertainment programs that include insect eating, bluegrass music, a Volkswagen show, a scarecrow parade and belly dancers.