Gadsden residents gather for "froggy" art piece

By Dixon Hayes

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden residents gathered Monday on a hill at Gadsden State Community College to form a frog-shaped crowd.

It's the latest in conceptual art from Daniel Dancer, who's made previous trips to Gadsden before to do the same thing.

The Center for Cultural Arts put out the word for Gadsden residents to gather Monday morning.  The frog design was laid out Sunday, with the word "vote" in the middle.

The frog was the idea of Bobby Welch, CCA director, to promote the community read of the Rick Bragg book "The Lord of Frogtown" as part of a literacy project.  But it was Dancer who came up with the idea of the word "vote," since, by fluke of schedule, the project took place one day before America's congressional midterm and Alabama's gubernatorial elections.  It was supposed to happen Wednesday but Dancer was commissioned that day to do a project for Captain Morgan Rum, so the Monday scheduled inspired the "get out the vote" message.

Volunteers laid down inside the outline of the frog.  They included everyone from GSCC students on the East Gadsden Campus (and even some personnel) to some Downtown Gadsden development officials.

The crowd chanted several times, including "Ribbit!  Ribbit!" at one point.

Afterward.  the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts posted the video of the frog on their Youtube account.

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