Pacific Tree Frog Mobile

Sculpture

This wind activated weathervane in Semisch Park is designed to delight both young and old.  Animated only by the breeze the mobile changes orientation, speed and appearance perpetually.  The sculpture is inspired by the artist’s ventures into the forests of North Vancouver where the nightly symphony of Pacific Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris regilla) can be heard.  These tiny tree dwellers are found over much of the West Coast, creating a sound field that is often used to induce relaxation and sleep.

Video Footage

Specifications

Stainless Steel

About the Artist:
Doug Taylor was born in Chilliwack, BC in 1947. Kinetic in nature, his public installation sculpture has focused largely on wind, water and solar powered features. Whimsical, folk art inspired elements are often signature to his work. Addressing the global challenge of sustainability his current sculptures are “generating capital ” by selling excess electrical power back to BC Hydro. These energy systems also feature listening stations which help remind us of sounds that are ever present in the natural world, but often unnoticed. The challenge is to integrate ecological, historical, social and aesthetic considerations, contextualizing them into the site specific values of place.