The BONKING FROGS, along with the 'Climbing Frog' and the 'Dragonfly Leylandii' form a suite of sculptures first designed to adorn a swimming pool area for a couple who are extremely civilised, very close, and semi-amphibious.
The approach to the swimming pool through the garden initially reveals the side view of the Climbing Frog. At nearly five times life size, this endearing creature scrambles atop the 'stone' pier cap, watching its prey as it climbs.
The sleepy Dragonfly sits nonchalantly at the far end of the wall, out of harms way.
The elements are traditional in motif and in execution. The theme of hunter and prey in relative repose is played out.
One might be aware of another frog on the adjacent pier cap, and presume it to be a repeat, especially as it is partly obscured by foliage.
To be able to view the last sculpture, the BONKING FROGS, properly though, the onlooker must enter the more intimate jurisdiction of the swimming pool. (According to local legend, this is the Hedonistic focal point of this house) Once inside this domain the viewer sees that the last piece is actually a pair of very happy frogs in a state of amplexus.
The BONKING FROGS, again much larger than life, sport the expression of tender contentment... as of a long and happy marriage.
This piece was commissioned.
Dimensions: 48cm x 48cm x 50cm H
Edition size: Edition of 5
Collection: Private and Artist's Collection
Works in this period (1994 - 2000):