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Frogs of Tadpole Playground

Artist:

David Phillips

Location:

Boston Common, near Beacon St. and Frog Pond  

Location

Boston Common, near Beacon St. and Frog Pond
United States
42° 21' 21.9312" N, 71° 3' 52.92" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2003

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

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?

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