Metalic Frog Skin

September 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Metallic Frog Skin (details)

Torrance Seaside Park,

Torrance, California

September 5, 2016

If you walk due south along the Esplanade in Redondo Beach (that is, if you follow the walkway atop the cliffs that line the eastern edge of the beach) you’ll eventually reach a small park in the town of Torrance. The park sits on a little finger of Torrance wedged between Redondo Beach to the north and Palos Verdes to the south. In the middle of the park (more or less) is a large cast bronze statue of a frog. I’ve walked past it many times, but on this particular day the afternoon sun was illuminating the back of the frog which is covered with hundreds of little bumps (perhaps indicating that the maker was unclear about the difference between frogs and toads, or indicating that the statue is actually a toad and not a frog, in which case I am the source of the confusion.) While the frog statue itself is not particularly interesting, I thought the color and shadowing of the bumps, especially in detail, was very interesting. This is another case where ordinary objects harbor invisible patterns.




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