Since my mind was old enough to record memories, I remember my love of frogs. I used to ‘rescue’ the little green tree frogs with sticky feet from my sliding glass doors. I would cup their little smooth bodies carefully in my hands and transport them to their new home: my red Old McDonald barn with doors that “mooed” when they opened. If I got really lucky, I might even find a bullfrog. They loved it there. Or, that’s what my four-year old mind thought. After they would hop around with the plastic cows and chickens, it was time for a swim! I would then fill my bathroom sink with water and watch their little legs kick in synchronicity! I would hold them and wrap them in washcloths after.
Over the years, my fondness hasn’t wavered. I am drawn to their cuteness- those big eyes, bulky bodies, their quirky sounds and harmless nature. They’re not exactly superhero material, though their fly-catching ability and immense jumping potential is pretty impressive. Obviously, there’s something to this attraction as they’ve cornered the fairytale market for years. The idea of kissing a slimy suitor only to have him turn into a handsome prince is not just for the pretty princess, it’s a mini life hint: behind those bulging eyes and big mouth, you may be surprised at what’s in front of you, warts and all.
All this leads me to the Ribbit the Exhibit, a spectacular display of HUMAN size frogs in a heavenly corner of the world, Airlie Gardens in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Set amidst 67 acres of jaw dropping lush gardens, live oaks, ponds, and Bradley Creek, are 16 copper creations by famed sculptor Andy Cobb. Having known Andy for years and my little angels adoring his many unique aquatic adaptations, this exhibit exemplifies his mega talent.
And these aren’t just your average hop-in-the-field frogs. They mow, dance, scuba dive, catch butterflies, and even perform a lotus pose on a lily pad. And if you happen hoppin to be in the area, Ribbit the Exhibit will be on display until September 22, 2013. Feel free to kiss them….you won’t be the first!
“Theories pass. The frog remains.” Jean Rostand
“I’d kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.” Cameron Diaz