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BOTANIC GARDENS

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IMAGINE A SCIENTISTS PLAYGROUND IF YOU WILL---LARGER THAN LIFE, AND I'M TALKING SOME 18 FEET TALL INSECTS--YOU CAN PICNIC WITH THE ANTS, HOP ON OVER THE GRASSHOPPERS, THE BRAINCHILD OF THIS EXHIBIT, NEW YORK ARTIST, DAVID ROGERS

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IMAGINE A SCIENTISTS PLAYGROUND IF YOU WILL---LARGER THAN LIFE, AND I'M TALKING SOME 18 FEET TALL INSECTS--YOU CAN PICNIC WITH THE ANTS, HOP ON OVER THE GRASSHOPPERS, THE BRAINCHILD OF THIS EXHIBIT, NEW YORK ARTIST, DAVID ROGERS
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7086647?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:15:19 +0000 BOTANIC GARDENS IMAGINE A SCIENTISTS PLAYGROUND IF YOU WILL---LARGER THAN LIFE, AND I'M TALKING SOME 18 FEET TALL INSECTS--YOU CAN PICNIC WITH THE ANTS, HOP ON OVER THE GRASSHOPPERS, THE BRAINCHILD OF THIS EXHIBIT, NEW YORK ARTIST, DAVID ROGERS http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7086647?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WATN >> local memphis live continues with your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: imagine a scientists playground if you will larger-than-life. i am talking about some 18 fetal insects. you can picnic with the ants and hop over the grasshoppers. the artist behind this is david rogers who joins us alive from the botanic gardens to tell us all about it. good morning, david. i love this one behind you. this is a join or miss aunt a huge and. >> there are actually three. you. >>amy: you have been doing this for some 25 years and the action is really quite honestly the same everywhere you go. people are simply amazed with your work. >> it has been an amazing experience for me. it didn't start out this way. and dallas, texas and in 1994. i am glad to be here. we have 10 sculptures in total. the show opens on saturday morning. >>amy: i love it. our photographer william hudson is going closer. i understand, and correct me if i am wrong, these are made of willow saplings? what is that? >> yes. these three have about 2000 individual willow saplings. these are individual trees growing out of the ground and the eyes are made of red cedar. >>amy: oh, my gosh. the sculptures, to the average a certain tolerance or wait for anything? tall this is not the right word i was looking for, but you know what i am trying to say. >> there is not one single scale, i think that's the word we are looking for. if you saw the praying mantis, it was 20 feet tall so there is not one scale, but the ants are 25 feet anyway about 725 pounds apiece. >>amy: how long does it take you to reconstruct these things and move them around and things like that? >> i've created 47 ants and it takes about three months from soup to nuts to come to these three ants. i always do them in groups of three. >>amy: tell us some of the other insects we can see there at the gardens. >> there are 10 sculptures in total. three of them are ants. we have eight subjects. there is a praying mantis, a spider and web that is 12 feet by 12 feet with a red spider. a lot of folks who came to the concert last friday, they would have seen it at the main entrance of the concert stage as well as a grasshopper, a dragonfly that is 17 feet, a damsel flying. i'm probably leaving out one of my critters but we are on live tv. >>amy: thank you for being a patient with us. this is your first time in memphis and what do you think. what has your reception been? >> first of all, we had that amazing week last week with no rain and low humidity which was magic because we do a rehab cycle every time. it was a magical week. we were having an amazing time and people are great and that is what makes a city great is the people i think. >>amy: david, we are grateful you are sharing this exhibit with us. it is certainly just an amazing scene to look at all these artistic impacts that have been put together by david rogers at the memphis botanic garden. it runs until january 1 and you use the hashtag i like the big bugs and i cannot lie. i'm sorry. i had to go there. memphis botanic gardens .com/big bugs. >> coming up, what you need to know to get your body back




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