A totemic Frog and Toad sculture install

Frog & Toad

Artist: Bill Carroll
Location: Ravenswood Ave and Wilson Ave, SE corner (west side of the tracks)
Materials: Wood, paint, found cymbal
Dimensions: 8 ft
Installation Date: November 22, 2021

Artist Statement

I was thinking about Frog and Toad, a book series I read to my daughter. I found it quite wonderful- the bliss of simplicity and friendship. Inspired by the fact that my daughter was pregnant at the time, I proposed a Frog & Toad sculpture would resonate with the idea of a new grandchild and hope for this troubled world. Beyond that, nature has always been a major theme in my art. Nature and dreams. 

When I was a youngster, I loved reading and looking at the Golden Nature series by Herbert S. Zim, PhD. Spending time in nature is a way to ‘retune my wings’ to the transcendent – apart from this world of rulers and clocks, spreadsheets and icy, impersonal algorithms. I still have the Golden Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians on my bookshelf along with other nature guides, and I no doubt referred to it while designing my stylized carving of a frog and a toad. 

True friendship, nature, and new births. What is worth celebrating more than this? The yesterdays still with us, the present, and the future generations just stirring.


Project Details

“Frog & Toad” was commissioned and installed as a part of the debut of the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden in 2021.

Sponsors: Ravenswood Community Council, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, Special Service Area #31

About the Artist

Artist Bill Carroll

“A retired high school mathematics teacher, I have been making art since my late teens. Paper cuts, oil paintings, wood carvings, and collages are my favorite media in which to work; my themes tend to revolve around dreams, myths and stories, and our connections to nature.”

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