Bell Street, is now home to a ginormous green tree frog sculpture in what many are describing as a Banksy style of guerrilla art.
Appearing on Sunday night, the frog sits in a 50 sqm mosaic water design, is over 6m long and almost 3m tall with arms attached to the public bench seats resulting in a hug-like pose by the amphibian.
The sculpture has appeared without any signature or signage and has left many scratching their head as to what the frog could mean.
Fingers are being pointed at different groups with many suggesting it could be a stunt by local radio shows, launch for an upcoming product or a protest piece on climate change.
What is known, is that besides being a cute animal, the green tree frog offers a good connection to the Bremer River and is a totem animal for the Ugarapul people so is a great pick for Bell Street.
This new art installation is stopping traffic and will be a point of interest for the 8,000 people who catch public transport from the street each week and will no doubt become a popular Instagram moment for Ipswich Central.
Made from corflute and plywood the frog has been strategically positioned around the planter boxes made by Ipswich State High School students and joins the on-going artwork that is part of Bell Street’s Living Breathing Gallery.
Other artwork on the street includes incredible paintings on the bus seats by Robin “Tallman” Wakkajinda, murals from local high school students from Ipswich State High, Ipswich Girls Grammar and Ipswich Grammar and community painted planter boxes.
The community driven Living Breathing Gallery is creating a new reputation for Bell Street and is the catalyst to a reduction in graffiti, damage and anti-social behaviour.
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Source: Spotted in Ipswich