Whimsical frog sculptures invade Mounts Botanical Garden


Mounts Botanical Garden is set to host a special family of frogs when “Ribbit The Exhibit” opens Jan. 11.

These are no ordinary frogs indeed. The enchanting cast of 23 whimsical characters – all sculpted in copper and colored with natural patina, stand five to seven feet tall and will be found scattered throughout the Mounts grounds. 

Each larger-than-life frog has a name and a story and will provide a fun and interactive experience for families to enjoy together. Some frogs will be secured to a solid stone tread, others will be sitting in chairs or on trees. 

All the frogs were designed by artist J.A. Cobb, known for creating exquisite copper sculptures of birds, fish and other animals with an uncommon level of skill and artistry. 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 23 frogs include a hoppy jazz trio, a meditating post-pollywog, a jiving froggy Fred and Ginger and a coffee-sipping frog enjoying lakeside views.

“Ribbit the Exhibit” runs from Jan. 11 to May 31 at Mounts Botanical Garden, located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Mounts is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children five to 12.

Tickets may be purchased online at Mounts.org or at the Mount’s main gate.

For more information, call (561) 233-1757 or go online to mounts.org.

Pictured above: Mounts Botanical Garden will host “Ribbit The Exhibit,” a cast of 23 larger-than-life frog characters handcrafted from copper and colored with natural patina beginning Jan. 11, including Jazz Trio, pictured above. Photo submitted by Mounts Botanical Garden

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