This exhibit which will remain in place until mid July, includes a cast of 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog characters. Follow the exhibit guide to discover them throughout the Garden. Each frog has a name and a story; it’s a fun experience for all ages!
These remarkable sculptures are 5 to 7 feet tall and handcrafted by artist, J.A. Cobb from copper colored with natural patina.
Ribbit the Exhibit
Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-3 pm (last entry at 2:30 pm)
The Garden is CLOSED Mondays and on Friday, July 3rd.
Purchase tickets at the gate.
Thanks to our Frog Sponsors
Audubon Society of the Everglades
(“Charles the Bird Watcher”)
(“Freddie the Butterfly Boy”)
Braman Motors/Bentley Palm Beach
(“Bentley and his trained tortoise, Tortuga”)
Ruth Arneson and Rodney Johnson
Zimmerman Tree Service
(“Edward the Tree Frog”)
About J.A. Cobb:
Andy Cobb’s unique copper art is owned and enjoyed by clients around the country. He is particularly renowned for his large-scale, fanciful frog sculptures which are displayed in creative ways both indoors and outdoors. He also produces exquisite copper sculptures of birds, fishes and other animals with an uncommon level of skill and artistry.
The first large, whimsical frog was patterned after Old Toad from the book, The Wind and the Willows. He wore a vest and morning coat and carried a brass oil lamp. Cobb fashioned five more large frogs for his first one man show in Wilmington North Carolina, where he is based. This first show also included many copper fish, birds, crabs, shrimp and sea turtles; thirty pieces in all.
Cobb hand draws each piece, then cuts them from sheets of copper. They are then hammered and folded into the desired shape, much like origami. The pieces are assembled with a brazing process of solid copper, usually around a steel armature to give the sculpture the strength to last for many generations. Last comes the finish, either from a chemically forced patina or a colorful pattern coaxed from the metal using the heat.
Cobb is now often referred to as the “Frog Man” due to the hundreds of whimsical, reptilian sculptures he has built for people throughout the country. “I once wondered if and when I would ever be considered a serious artist. I now realize I’m serious all right, serious about my whimsy. I get several calls and letters each week from people telling me that one of my sculptures made them smile or laugh. What more could anyone ever ask for.