Tree Frog, 2002
• spotted green marble & granite
• 4” H x 11” W x 11” D (10cm H x 28cm W x 28cm D)
• private collection, New York, NY, USA
Michael Binkley sculpted this original fine art wildlife sculpture of a tree frog especially for an exhibition aboard the Seven Seas Navigator for its 2002/03 circumnavigation cruise of South America.
Binkley was inspired by the light green coloured marble with its mottled dark green accents and by the flat, wide dimensions of the original stone. The sculptor felt it would be prefect for this subject. Binkley polished the surfaces of the sculpture to a high sheen in order to accentuate the colours of the marble and to add realism to the frog’s skin. Although the tree frog is at rest, Binkley has created dynamism by augmenting the amphibian’s legs. One can see the subtle weight shift in the rear legs and the front feet appear to be creeping forward. One can also see the unusual suckered toes of this type of frog. Binkley mounted the tree frog on a black granite base.
The sculpture was purchased during the cruise and is now in a private collection in the USA.