‘Ribbit the Exhibit’
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through July 15
Where: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville
Cost: $8 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and free for children younger than age 3 and garden members
Living on the coast of North Carolina, artist Andy Cobb began making sculptures of wildlife as a hobby.
He started with small fish and evolved into bigger fish. Next, he dabbled in birds and eventually frogs. Then for the next 25 years, Cobb created wildlife sculptures.
Now, after a grand total of 2,300 hours, he has finished a collection of 23 copper frog sculptures.
The frogs have been hopping all over the country from North Carolina to Dallas and even across the border to Toronto. Now, they are on display until July 19 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville.
Cobb said he is excited about being part of such a reputable exhibit and having his art showcased in Hall County.
“We’re proud to be a part of the Atlanta Botanical Garden,” Cobb said. “It’s kind of a pioneer of exhibit for the country.”
The sculptures, ranging in size from 32 inches to almost 6 feet tall, are originally hand-drawn and cut from sheets of copper. The pieces are hammered and folded into a desired shape and assembled using a brazing process. They are finished with a natural patina, Cobb said. It takes an average of 120 hours to create each piece.
But Cobb also personalizes each sculpture, giving him or her a hobby and backstory. To illustrate the story, the unique figures are posed in everyday activities in the garden.
For example, a frog named Jacque is painting on a canvas while Zenny meditates on a lilypad. Another frog named Marvin mows the lawn, for which he took first place in the World Nationals Lawn Mowing Competition by cutting 16 acres of grass in six hours, according to his bio.
After visitors to the Gainesville garden view the frog collection, they can participate in various frog-themed activities such as scavenger hunts or events at the new Discovery stations.
For more information, visit atlantabg.org/visit/events/ribbit-the-exhibit or call 404-888-4760.