Thursday, June 14, 2007

Frogs Hollow

Frogs Hollow SculptureBetween the Port Office Hotel and Smellies Building at the lower end of Edwards Street is a small entrance way which has this excellent sculpture known as Frogs Hollow. Created by artist Christopher Trotter in 2000, it is part of his series on nature. As you can see, the sculpture is basically a resting place for all manner of metallic frogs!

Frogs Hollow SculptureIn Brisbane's history, this was part of the low-lying, swampy district known as Frog's Hollow. It was bounded by George and Edward Streets to the north and south, the west by Elizabeth Street and on the east by Alice Street. In the 1880's boom period Frog's Hollow became the principal warehousing and light-industrial sector of Brisbane's central business district. The sculpture is inspired by this area, and the use of discarded metals is noted by the artist as acknowledging the significant founding ironmongery history of the building to which it is attached.

Frogs Hollow SculptureThis is another excellent work reminiscent of one of Christopher's other pieces, City Roos. The attention to detail, and his ability to add character and a sense of fun to his works is evidenced by not only this piece, but the number of artworks throughout the Brisbane suburbs which he has also created. Frogs Hollow has been acknowledged as quite a rough neighbourhood in its heyday, although I bet the frogs were always friendly!

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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Anonymous said...

I love the use of old tractor seats (and the like) as lily pads. Not something for people suffering batrachophobia though :)

Pollyanna said...

yeah, that's just a little bit creepy maybe! My kids would totally love it though.