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One Handsome Frog

One Handsome Frog, sculpture by Ellen Woodbury

“One Handsome Frog” was completed shortly before Sculpture in the Park. I never found the time to post this stone sculpture until now.  I was racing to meet the show deadline and then was on to the next project. Here, finally, is the frog.

Endangered Species

This is the first sculpture in a series I am carving on endangered species.

Frogs and amphibians are disappearing on every continent in the world.  This is due to the rapid spread of a skin fungus called chytrid, which spreads through water.

National Geographic published an article about the plight of the world’s frogs and amphibians.  It depressed me completely to think of a world without these creatures.

Then I started thinking about a world without polar bears and tigers and ocelots. These scary thoughts prompted me to begin a series on endangered species.  I want to lend some visibility to the precarious situation of these animals and to send out a hope that we can share the earth with them.

This is no particular species of frog, but rather stands as a symbol for all frogs.


The stone is Persian Red Travertine, the same stone from which I carved “Magic Lesson“, the dragon. The colored stripes of red, orange, and yellow, along with the many porosities (vugs) in the stone seemed appropriate for a frog skin.

The “rose” on the frog’s tummy was a gift from the stone and happened when I carved through these many-colored layers on the curve.


The stone is the star in this sculpture, so I chose large simple shapes as the design elements to insure that the forms would read. Detail would have been lost in such a “busy” stone.

I am particularly fond of the eyes on this frog as they lend a humor and appeal.

I hope this piece expresses my feelings that frogs are significant in our world and worth every effort to save them from extinction.

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