Big Frog was commissioned as part of the Art in State Buildings program through the Vermont Council on the Arts. The new Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) had a competition and my proposal was chosen from the four finalists’ site specific proposals. Knowing that the testing of water throughout the state is one of the primary functions of the lab, I used the idea that the frog could be seen as the “canary in the coal mine,” due to their absorption of water through their skin. Frogs are an “indicator species,” which can warn us of possible pollutants in our waterways. The fact that just the head of the frog emerges from the imaginary “pond” of brick pavers, suggests that along with the unseen parts of the frog, other more dangerous substances may also be unseen below the surface.
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