LORRAINE WALSH
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FIRST NIGHT OF SPRING: The Wood Frog

Video installation and public artwork, 2010

The wood frog (Rana sylvatica) heralds spring in Western North Carolina with a cacophony of sound. The eye of a wood frog was recorded at the Western NC Nature Center. (No frogs were hurt or compromised for this project.) The wood frog’s blinking eye was projected on a screen installed on the lake dock at the original Black Mountain College.

Note: The wood frog’s geographic range extends from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest in Canada. One of the most interesting things about the wood frog is its freeze tolerance. They can be frozen and survive without molecular damage as they have chemicals that act as a cellular anti-freeze. This discovery brings hope to future medical initiatives.

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