The University Record, May 20, 2002

Exhibit Museum displays glass insects

The glass cicada (at left) is one of many insects and spiders captured in the Exhibit Museum of Natural History Rotunda display cases.

The bugs represent the work of Detroit-based artist Toby Upton, whose impetus to craft bugs came six years ago when a glass bead he was making accidentally took on the shape of a grub.

Pleased with the surprise that what he normally found to be repulsive became beautiful when made of glass, Upton went on to create more elaborate insects. ‘Buggin’ Out’ will be on display until July 31.

(Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)