The 16 Frogs project is a public arts and environmental education campaign in Blacksburg, VA that seeks to restore the health of Stroubles Creek, the broader watershed, and the water quality of downstream communities through increased public awareness.
16 bronze frog statues are placed strategically through town and the surrounding area to call attention to the freshwater under and around the streets and buildings of downtown Blacksburg. Each frog has been given a name associated with an important figure in Blacksburg’s history. The frogs were created by local artist Christine Kosiba and are modeled after native Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans), range from 6-12” in size, and are poised (or sometimes hiding) on culverts, stormwater drains, sidewalks and kneewalls. The 16 Frogs committee is made up of local volunteers and Town of Blacksburg employees who are developing educational and promotional materials for youth and adult audiences alike to make town residents and visitors aware of the frogs and their connection to our local water resources.
A volunteer citizens’ panel guides 16 Frogs. The Town of Blacksburg oversaw the installation of the statues, and Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. acts as their steward.
16 Frogs is privately funded. The project was made possible by these generous contributors and collaborators:
Contact Downtown Blacksburg to make a donation for ongoing maintenance costs and new components.
Sculptor: Christine Kosiba