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Bug invasion makes art at gallery

Exhibits at The Lightbox
Scale models of garden bugs will be displayed in the gallery

Giant insects are taking over a Surrey art gallery that is being transformed into a huge garden.

The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking is creating an indoor garden in its double-height main gallery.

Visitors to the award-winning gallery will come face-to-face with models of insects and other invertebrate animals up to 400 times their actual size.

In Garden Giants, which opens on Thursday, the exhibition is completed with a potting shed and grass paths.

Interactive displays include fascinating bug facts and hands-on activities to allow children see like a fly, smell like a bug or play in a creepy crawly orchestra.

Michael Regan, exhibitions manager at The Lightbox, said: "Some people might cringe at the idea of creepy crawlies and insects, but we hope Garden Giants will show how interesting, varied and incredibly important these miniature creatures really are."

Local conservation information from Surrey Wildlife Trust will be on display alongside the results of a local wildlife survey and information on how to attract 'helpful' bugs into gardens.

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