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Bull at the Gate was commissioned in 1994 from Marcel Baettig, the official artist in residence at that time. It was a time of major upheaval and change for South Hill Park and the sculpture Bull at the Gate subtitled ‘La grenouille s’ennuyer’
(The Bored Frog) was commissioned to reflect this change. The uninterested frog in question is a bureaucratic comic character overseeing the constant battle between the need for progress and our need to preserve the past.
Marcel Baettig uses linear structures to draw three-dimensionally in space and it is this style which helps the sculpture to appear dynamic, capturing a specific moment in time.
He uses animals within most of his work to create a new language – one which is separate from the dominance of man within cultural history. The use of animals such as ‘bull’ and ‘stag’ refer to masculine words within the context of modern society