Monday, October 6, 2008
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.