Monday, October 6, 2008

The absolute largest beetle you've ever seen



If you've seen a larger dung beetle, please bring it to my attention (this is one-and-a-half storeys tall)! This inflatable beetle is made from recycled Hollywood movie and Gucci billboard vinyls.

The beetle is the creation of Toronto artist Max Streicher, whose "ginormous" inflatables of people, horses, clowns and this bug have been exhibited throughout Canada, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Isreal, and now, here in the states.

The dung beetle above, is shown where it is on display until January 25, 2009, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. Full disclosure: I am on the advisory council for the Museum. Please visit (it's free!) and leave a big donation.

This is the single largest gallery space in Western New York and the beetle pretty much fills up the room. An integral part of the exhibition are the educational programs built around it, including the Niagara University English, biology, philosophy and theater departments.

If you find a bug this size in your garden. You're allowed to use non-organic bug killers, chemical warfare is acceptable in this case.

4 comments:

  1. Holy moses! If bugs start growing to that size, I'm moving to Mars. Hilarious! I like that the sculpture materials are recycled.

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  2. Jim ... Only in Canada EH ? LOL
    Now I have an extra treat to have nightmares with ? haha
    Love the fact it is all recyclable materials .. Canadians are getting better at that every day thankfully!
    No question about if I ever run into anything that large .. I'll be running the OTHER way !

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  3. Karen,
    I'm told on Mars, the bugs are bigger.

    gardenjoy4me,
    Yes, only in Canada - most people think there's big bugs in the south. The artist said he likes using recycled materials too, because that is sort of what dung beetles do too, fitting into their ecosystem, taking advantage of "recycled" materials.

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  4. Dude! That is one huge bug! Seriously, a great magnet to get folks involved and interested in a multifaceted museum exhibit. Bravo!

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