Photography by Hoag Levins
The field trip of the University of Pennsylvania's current crop of Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars to the Morris Arboretum was made all the more unique by a special exhibit of gigantic insect sculptures that turned parts of the sprawling grounds into what resembled the set of a 1950s "monster ant" SciFi movie. The works by Long Island artist David Rogers are dinosaur-sized wooden figures of ants, a 20-foot-high praying mantis, a grasshopper as long as a Volkswagen, a Daddy Long Legs spider large enough for 20 people to stand beneath, and various other entomological wonders. And that was only the beginning. The students also got to wander through soaring stands of sequoia and redwood, cavort in nets strung through a forest canope and climb into a bird's nest large enough for several humans.