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Save The Frogs Day at Sculpture in the Parklands

The magnificent wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora not only host some of the most innovative environmental sculptures in Ireland, they are also the site of Ireland’s inaugural Save The Frogs Day event.

Sculpture in the Parklands
60 Degrees by Kevin O’Dwyer and Sky Train by Mike Bulfin

Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders are one of the oldest groups of air breathing animals on our planet. They are diverse survivors that have lived through many of the past global extinction events- including the large-scale catastrophes that wiped out many of the dinosaurs! Unfortunately, something now is causing the rapid disappearance of the 5,000 known species, about one third of them are in decline or already extinct. Loss and modifications of habitats, emerging diseases, climate change is all considered among the many causes for mass amphibian declines. To save this unique and important group of creatures it will take our help!

Join artist and amphibian biologist, Brandon Ballengee, on a special event dedicated to the frogs and newts of Lough Boora Parklands. Together we will discuss current challenges facing amphibians, learn ways we can help and participate in an amphibian ecology field trip to survey local species. This event is held as part of the 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day, the largest day of amphibian education and conservation in the planet’s history.

The talk and walk on April 30th is open to the public and we hope you will be able to attend. We will meet at Teach Lea Community Hall at 11 am.

Where: Sculpture in the Parklands
When: SAVE THE FROGS DAY, Friday April 30th at 11am

Julian Wild
System no. 30 by Julian Wild

For further information please contact:
Kevin O’Dwyer
Sculpture in the Parklands
087 696 3779

Be sure to visit the Save The Frogs Day website

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Inviting artists to create significant site-specific works of art during the artist in residency programme each year, the mission of Sculpture in the Parklands is to inspire artists to create artworks in response to the unique landscape and industrial heritage of the cut away bogland and to build awareness of the arts within the community through public participation and interaction. In the wetlands and wildlife wilderness of Lough Boora, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the boglands, the artists have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of the Parklands permanent collection. In addition to permanent sculpture and time-based work, the project has a commitment to commissioning video artists, composers, choreographers, and performance artists to interpret and document this unique landscape, folklore and industrial history.

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  • Hannah says:

    Your article is well-stated and I fully agree with the intirinsic value orignial sculpture being beautifully situated as a focal point of a garden. I am fascinated by the marble sculpture work shown in the first image Can you give me an idea of the dimensions and the pricing of such a work? I visited Carrara, Italy recently and understand that the great Michelangelo, among others, had their marble quarried from the area.

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