Thursday, June 8, 2017

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Frog Sculpture Exhibit LEAPS into Gainesville!

Frog sculpture exhibit leaps into Gainesville garden

Things are hopping at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, with Ribbit the Exhibit, an exhibition of 23 whimsical frog sculptures sure to bring smiles to the young and young at heart.

Presented through July 15, the exhibition of copper sculptures is the creation of North Carolina artist Andy Cobb, who left the corporate world after 21 years to focus on his art, including frogs, birds, and fish.

The artist hand draws each piece and then cuts it from sheets of copper.  The pieces are then hammered and folded into the desired shape over a steel armature.  Finally, the sculptures are assembled utilizing a brazing process and then colored with a natural patina.  It takes an average of 120 hours to create each of the pieces, which range in size from 32" to almost 6' tall.  

Visitors will delight in the 19 installations of frogs taking part in a variety of everyday activities in the garden – from painting pictures to bird watching to watering plants, and each frog has its own unique personality.

Take “Marvin the Lawn Mowing Frog,”  which, according to his bio, took first place in the World Nationals Lawn Mowing Competition by mowing 16 acres of grass in six hours!   And then there’s Zenny (meditating on a lily pad), which began life in a Buddhist monastery but joined Ribbit in order to travel to beautiful botanical gardens and meditate.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ribbit because it is an exhibit that charms and delights all ages,” said Mildred Fockele, Vice President, Horticulture and Gainesville Garden Director.  “Each frog has its own unique personality, and they all fit so well in a garden setting.”

Ribbit the Exhibit is accompanied by various frog-themed activities for children and families – from new Discovery stations to scavenger hunts.  And joining the Ribbit frogs are two frogs from the Atlanta garden’s 2014 Mosaiculture exhibition, Imaginary Worlds.  Their oversized metal topiary frames are stuffed with colorful, ornamental annuals that are manicured weekly to maintain the lifelike character of the frogs.

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