23 07 21 | Community

The Stockport frogs are back – and they’ve brought their One Stockport buddies!

The Stockport frogs are back – and they’ve brought their One Stockport buddies!

The Stockport frogs are back – and this time they’ve brought their One Stockport buddies! 

Did you visit Stockport town centre’s first Giant Leap Frog Art Trial in 2019? Well, hold onto your hats, they’re coming back!  This summer, Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail will see 21 gigantic frogs and froglets hopping into the town centre, but this time the frogs have been joined by 17 One Stockport froggy friends leaping out across the borough!

Download the One Stockport Guide HERE 

Since the start of the pandemic, the people of Stockport have come together.

Communities have become better connected, people have had time to explore their local areas more and local residents have been supporting their local businesses. The 17 ‘One Stockport’ Giant Frog sculptures celebrate each area’s uniqueness and a reminder of how we are all part of a united community.

Each One Stockport frog is unique, has been inspired by local people to represent their area and brought to life by local artists from Arc – Arts for Recovery in the Community – a leading arts and mental health charitable organisation based in Stockport Town Centre.

Jacqui Wood, Artistic Director of Arc said the artists were all delighted to be able to create their own unique designs on the One Stockport frogs:

“Our artists have worked incredibly hard to recreate the designs sent in by people of Stockport; they make each frog individual and very special and we can’t thank everyone enough.”

Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor David Meller, is rightly proud of all the people of Stockport – artists, residents, businesses and sponsors – who have worked together to bring the 17 One Stockport frogs to ‘life’:

“The last 16 months have been tough for so many of us. The One Stockport campaign has provided a sense of belonging and unity. The 17 ‘One Stockport’ frogs are a great way to celebrate our district centres, local areas and our local businesses – and the aim of the frogs is to get people from the whole of Stockport to sample what’s on offer across the borough. I’ll be doing my best to visit every one of the frogs as well as picking up my map and guide to complete Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art trail in the town centre.”

Sponsored by many local businesses and organisations, the One Stockport frogs have taken up residence in their summer home in shopping centres and parks across the borough – from Hazel Grove to Heald Green and from Brinnington to Bramhall.

Local business and supplier to the hospitality industry, H.G Stephenson have sponsored neighbouring Davenport & Cale Green’s frog ‘Resilience’. Director Julian Lewis-Booth commented:

“Our business has been proud to call Stockport its home since moving here from Manchester in 1967. After a challenging period for all, we’re so happy to help bring this town back together with a charity supporting, community-based project like the Frog Art Trail.

“‘Resilience’ is a trait that we, and every other Stockport business and resident, has had to display over the last 17 months of digging our heels in and persevering. Stephenson’s are delighted to be supporting this worthy project.”

The One Stockport frogs will be taking up residence near you from 24th July to 26th September. And don’t forget to hop into the town centre and discover all 21 frogs making up Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail. Why not take selfies with your favourite frogs and share with family and friends #stockportfrogs

Find out more at www.onestockport.co.uk and www.stockportfrogs.co.uk

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