During our recent visit to Clermont-Ferrand, we wandered in the lovely public Jardin Le Coq (Le Coq Garden), which is a large park in the city that has fountains, a playground, a gorgeous rose garden, and plenty of lawns for sitting on.
It also has a very interesting sculpture—“La Memoire des Capaudes” by Mark Brusse from Holland. (“The Memory of the Toads”). Everyone stops to take a closer look at it, and all the kids who passed it also wanted to climb on it, so it obviously has some fascination. According to the information board, the artist likes to create a gallery of symbolic animals (often toads and tortoises), enigmatic creatures in apparently simple round shapes. The toads appear to be gazing at a large volcanic rock, which symbolizes—what? He wants reality to melt into the imaginary so that one can dream of lost worlds. Perhaps he has achieved that here, for some folks anyway.
See what you think.