Sunday, June 9, 2013

Boy With A Frog

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.