Wednesday, 04 August 2021

‘Frog ball’ sculptor happy at town’s Bloom gold win

THE artist who loaned her “frog ball” sculpture to Henley has seen it in situ for the first time.

THE artist who loaned her “frog ball” sculpture to Henley has seen it in situ for the first time.

Judy Boyt visited Station Park on Tuesday to see her artwork and was then guest of honour at a reception at the town hall, where she presented the town council with a miniature bronze replica.

The statue, which depicts five intertwined frogs, is made of a hollow fibreglass resin that is textured to look like stone.

It was installed next to a floral train in June as part of Henley’s successful Britain in Bloom bid.

The sculpture will remain in place until next month, when it will be returned to Devizes and take up permanent residence on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The Henley in Bloom committee hopes other artists will then want to exhibit in Station Park.

Ms Boyt came to the committee’s attention when she was exhibiting at the Oratory Prep School in Goring Heath in March, where committee member Samir Khan is a governor.

Ms Boyt, who grew up in Oxfordshire, said her frog ball was based on a netsuke, a miniature ivory sculpture traditionally used as toggles on Japanese clothing. “I’m very proud to have been a part of Henley in Bloom’s success,” she said. “I hope it will be the start of a bigger artistic movement in the town.”

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “The statue has brought an extra layer of colour to Henley life. It is a wonderful piece of art and I would encourage people to come and see it.”

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