Ribbit the Exhibit

In an abundance of caution and for the well-being of our visitors, volunteers, members and staff through the COVID-19 health threat, the Garden is closed until further notice. We look forward to reopening when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

For some “fun with Florida frogs” at home, please see the Ribbit Activity Packet and the Make Your Own Frog Bog below!

This exhibit includes a cast of 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog characters! Follow the exhibit guide to discover them in 17 locations throughout the Garden. Each frog has a name and a story; it’s a fun experience for all ages!

Sculptures are 5 to 7 feet tall and handcrafted by artist, J.A. Cobb from copper colored with natural patina.  They’re truly REMARKABLE and CAPTIVATING!

Ribbit the Exhibit
January 11-May 31, 2020
10 am-4 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)

Thanks to our Frog Sponsors

Audubon Society of the Everglades
(“Charles the Bird Watcher”)
Anonymous Donor
(“Freddie the Butterfly Boy”)
Braman Motors/Bentley Palm Beach
(“Bentley and his trained tortoise, Tortuga”)
Ruth Arneson and Rodney Johnson
(“Willie Fisher”)
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.”

“Check Out” the Ribbit Activity Packet!

Complimentary copies are available to check out from the Gift Shop, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. One per group, please! The packet is designed for children and families but is fun for all ages. VIEW the Ribbit Activity Packet.

Make Your Own Frog Bog!

Click on the frog to view and download a PDF with instructions for a fun, at-home activity!