ARTIST: Bill Eleazer
INSTALLATION YEAR: 2014
LOCATION: 11 Commerce Street
This life-like piece captures the youthful curiosity of three barefoot children peering into a pond represented by river rock. Like a timeless Norman Rockwell scene, the children hunting for tadpoles spark nostalgia for the simple joys and wonder of childhood.
The sculpture’s location in the Frog Level district couldn’t be more fitting. The low-lying area along Richland Creek got its name from the chorus of frogs that once filled the air during spring and summer rains.
The three children — Kristin, Luke and Brian — are the work of a beloved art teacher at Tuscola High School whose tutelage produced numerous professional artists, while Tuscola High School masonry students helped build the stone base.