Pura Vida:Red Eyed Tree Frog

2018 | Gypsum Powder, Acrylic, Titanium | 40 X 40 X 40 Cm
Edition Of 99

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 I have a passion for frogs.  I can’t hide that.  I’ve been studying and playing with frogs since I was a child in South Africa and I’ve been sculpting them for close to a decade now.

So when Steph Froment, my gallerist in Lausanne sent a picture on Whatsapp of the Red Eyed Tree Frog, I almost fell off my chair! I was overwhelmed with love for this little guy (not the gallerist, the frog).  That little face is just pure adorableness.

The message he sent with the picture was: “Pura Vida?”.

I couldn’t help myself.  I got sculpting.

Pura Vida, in English means, “Pure Life”. However, these two words have taken on a much deeper meaning in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida! Means that no matter what your current situation is, life for someone else can always be less fortunate than your own. So you need to consider that maybe…just maybe, your situation isn’t all that bad and that no matter how little or how much we have in life, we are all here together and life is short…so start living it “Pura Vida style”.