Frogs of Tadpole Playground
The Boston Common’s Frog Pond has been a favorite site for Boston-area families since it opened in 1894. The Mayor is said to have closed schools the day after Frog Pond opened, freeing children to visit the new attraction. The pond was renovated in 1996, and an overhaul of the adjacent playground began a few years later. Local artist David Phillips' personified bronze frogs quickly became a Boston icon, especially among the under-10 set. What’s not to love about oversized amphibians doing human things— fishing, sulking, taking a bath?