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Sir Hops A Lot is Arlington Arts Council's newest addition to Haller Park

 

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the new frog sculpture in Haller Park and was submitted by six-year-old Lily White.

The Arlington Arts Council has donated a 2,700 pound frog sculpture to add an art piece to Haller Park.

The council's main mission is to promote art around the town and increase the number of public art pieces that are featured.

"One of our goals is to spread art around Arlington," said Arts Council member Jean Olson.

They currently have a number of pieces around the Centennial Trail and other locations around town, but had hoped to put something in Haller Park, which was lacking many public art pieces and had a lot of visibility.

"This helps us introduce more art elements to various parts of Arlington," said Olson.

The sculpture came from Canadian sculptor George Pratt. It ended up being 5.5 feet long and 2,700 pounds of salt-and-pepper granite.

The idea for the sculpture came from last year's fundraiser auction that the council holds each year in October.

"We have a 'dream wall' where we have some ideas for art pieces that could be around Arlington," said Olson.

People can vote for whatever ideas they like, and a granite sculpture was a popular choice during last year's auction.

Pratt was also a sculptor who received a lot of votes, so the council contacted him.

"We started talking with him and he said he had a piece of granite that just wanted to be a frog," said Olson.

"We knew we wanted to do something for Haller Park," said Olson. Because it would be for the park, they knew a frog would be a good fit because it appealed to kids and the park was close to the water as well.

The council also recently held a naming contest for the statue and received more than 100 entries into the contest.

The chosen winner was "Sir Hops A Lot" which was submitted by local six-year-old girl Lily White.

Olson said that most people have enjoyed having the piece at Haller Park.

"The reaction has been phenomenal," she said.

The kids at the park have enjoyed the piece as well, which currently sits next to some of the playground equipment.

"It's fun to see all the kids playing on the frog. Usually you don't think of sculptures as something kids will like, but they love sitting on it, riding on it," said Olson.

Once the Haller Park spray park is installed the frog may need to move, but they are waiting to see how far out the spray park will end up.

The council hopes to do more pieces around Arlington. "It's a matter of time and money," said Olson.

They're currently preparing a mural for Terrace Park as one of their next projects.

The Arlington Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that is completely volunteer run. To donate, volunteer or for more information go to arlingtonartscouncil.net.

 

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