Boy With A Frog at Punta Dragana
View from Behind
The Boy With A Frog is gone. According to a traveler's post in Trip Advisor in April, the city council had finally taken him out to be replaced by a "romantic lamp post" that used to be there.
It is difficult to make of the sculpture by American sculptor Charles Ray. The 8 foot statue was controversial, and incongruous with its surroundings. Some thought it endearing, while animal lovers were not pleased with the way the boy was holding the frog. Mmm.
I came across the Boy with the Frog statue by chance last year. I happened to be in the vicinity of the Peggy Guggenheim museum making my way to the point. There it was, the same white statue I had noticed from the other side of the Grand Canal.
I wasn't sure what to make of it. It had an innocent charm and a sense of playfulness. Still, I didn't think it represented anything of Venice, not even boyhood fun in Venice at all. However, it grew on me. I'm sure a lot of people tourists who have come to visit the Boy probably felt the same.
Well, it's gone. It was meant to be temporary according to the city council.
From the BBC: Venice Removes Charles Ray Boy with a Frog