Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Frog Blog

The first time I saw one of Tim Cotterill’s frogs, I noticed it. His enamel-fired bronze sculptures are colorful, kinetic, and just down right intriguing. Cotterill is able to take, what I think is a rather homely looking animal (here come the emails), and turn it into a mean, lean leaping-machine. His sculptures are very popular and are collected by celebrities and just plain folk worldwide.

Now let’s take a leap of another kind here. Zarks, a gallery in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is sponsoring a Treasure Hunt during the town’s month long May Festival of the Arts. Rumor has it that on Saturday, May 6th, “The Frogman,” will make his 3rd annual visit to Zarks. He is supposed to make his entrance that evening on the “Anaconda,” a ten passenger stretch motorcycle, following his appearance in the “Artrageous Parade.” The treasure hunt involves frog owners and their frogs only. So if you don’t have a Tim Cotterill frog, gecko, or Koi sculpture, then you can purchase one to participate of course. Did I mention that Eureka has a world famous frog museum? But that’s a leap of another kind.

Still another leap—art as advocate. While Cotterill only espouses to be having fun, and trying to spread a little joy, he is actually acting as a conservationist by giving frogs such great press. It was documented a number of years ago that the earth’s frog population was undergoing some serious challenges. Because some of the hormones found in frogs are similar, and in some cases identical, to human hormones, frog species have been the object of numerous studies and some say this decline in the frog population could signal trouble for the human race. The National Geographic Society has awarded grants to study this in more depth. --Ruth Mitchell

(c) 2006 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

1 comment:

Punkin said...

Homely looking? The most amazing frog exhibit I've seen (and the only, to date!) was at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (1997 or 1998). I saw some of the most exotic-looking creatures there, such as the one your artist depicted. Amazing creatures.

Just think, if people used the same principle of "colorful" = poison...hmmm, we could all avoid them! grin