Artist Installs Mosaic for New Dragonfly Sanctuary

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 Robbins next to one of her mosaics.  Photo by Bill Diven.

Artist Installs Mosaic for New Dragonfly Sanctuary

Aug 24, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, NM— Artist Laura Robbins of Placitas is installing an imaginative Dragonfly Mosaic Mural this week at the Botanic Garden.  The mural is a highlight for the new Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond that opens on September 2.  Designed to attract and nurture these insects, the exhibit is the first dragonfly sanctuary in the United States.

Media Opportunity: Media are invited to view Robbins at work on the installation on Friday, August 26 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Please contact Catherine Hubbard to make arrangements.

The art installation will help raise funds for the BioPark’s BUGarium, an exhibit that will immerse visitors into the world of insects and arachnids.  The 7-foot by 10-foot mural will feature dragonflies, ladybugs, grasshoppers, spiders, flowers and more from a dragonfly’s view.  The mosaic is situated in a quiet, shaded area with banco seating perfect for observing nature.  Robbins incorporates glass, ceramics and found objects to create the enchanting scene of flora and fauna.

“The panel highlights an experience of the world from a dragonfly perspective,” said Robbins, who designed and created the mural.  “I hope that guests can take a new, joyful look at the beauty, liveliness and intricacies of ‘bugs,’ recognize their interactions with each other and the inherent insect-plant relationship.  Insects and bugs have an integral role in our ecosystem that we can all appreciate.”

Robbins’ design includes engravings of donors’ names on fused green glass ribbons that will be placed next to mosaic flowers, leaves and cactus pads.  To learn more about donating, please call the New Mexico BioPark Society at (505) 764-6291.

As an artist, Robbins is committed to protecting wildlife corridors in New Mexico.  Nature often inspires her work, which can also be seen at the Rio Bravo train station, the Range Café, Amy Biehl High School and Sandia Preparatory School. 

The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information, visit or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).




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