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Bugs stories as told by Weta Workshop

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/12/2016

Bugs tell humans about their world in an exhibition Wellington special effects powerhouse Weta Workshop took 40,000 hours to make.

Bug Lab opened at Te Papa in Wellington on Saturday and will run for four months.

It will travel to Melbourne Museum next year, and bookings are in progress with several museums in the US.

The exhibition is the second major collaboration between Te Papa's head of design, Ben Barraud, and Weta Workshop founder Richard Taylor.

The duo and their teams are also responsible for the successful exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of our War at Te Papa.

In Bug Lab visitors enter four chambers, including the "operating theatre" of a wasp to watch her turn a cockroach into a zombie on which her larva feeds.

The exhibition explains how bugs have helped humankind like life-saving medicine made from venom.

"We know how important science and technology education is for New Zealand's future, and Bug Lab is going to get people excited about these subjects," says Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis.

Wellington-based Weta Workshop is a world-leading design and effects facility. It has won 36 awards for work on films, including five Oscars and four Baftas .

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