Bug Crawl coming to Saranac Lake

Scrap metal needed for insect sculptures

Artist Larry Robjent, left, hands off a black fly sculpture, part of a separate display, to Saranac Lake village Downtown Advisory Board member Adam Harris. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Your scrap can become art. Your vote can help shape a bug.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, artist Larry Robjent will be at the Grizle-T’s garage in Saranac Lake collecting scrap metal to make six insect sculptures, which will be installed in various village parks this spring as part of the village’s new Bug Crawl. The garage is located in the Dorsey Street parking lot below Grizle-T’s back deck.

Robjent will be on hand during the collection to approve all donations. Metal objects such as silverware, rebar, gears, metal roofing and springs are ideal. Anything funky that you have could be a bug’s antennae or legs or some other part. Appliances and food packaging will not be accepted.

Anyone stopping by the garage can also vote on the bugs Robjent will create. An online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLBugs.

The Bug Crawl will be part art installation, part education and part activity. A brochure will highlight fun facts about each bug, and participants will use a map to find each sculpture.

A conceptional rendering shows what a moth sculpture might look like in the Riverside Park band shell in Saranac Lake. (Photo provided)

Once they find each insect, successful Bug Crawlers can collect a prize. The sculptures will be located in Riverside Park, Berkeley Green, Carousel Park, the Skatepark and along the River Walk.

Funding for the project is through the village’s new Community Enhancement Fund, which the village Board of Trustees created last June to support the efforts of the village’s Downtown, Parks and Trails, and Arts and Culture advisory boards. A committee consisting of three members from each board developed the project, which received unanimous approval at a recent village board meeting.


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