Valley toad sculpture has been recycled

A LARGE willow toad sculpture in Waterworks Valley has been taken to La Collette for recycling after it started to collapse.

The Crapaud sculpture had resided in Waterworks Valley since 2017. Picture: National Trust for Jersey (30832441)
The Crapaud sculpture had resided in Waterworks Valley since 2017. Picture: National Trust for Jersey (30832441)

The Crapaud was commissioned by the National Trust on behalf of a supporter and constructed in March 2017 by UK-based artist Michelle Cain, alongside local sculptor Alcindo Pinto.

The willow sculpture was the end feature of a sculpture trail, displaying the life cycle of the common toad from spawn to adult toad.

Jon Parkes, lands manager for the National Trust, said that the locally grown willow used to build the Crapaud was only meant to last three to five years, and had become brittle and started to collapse.

‘The willow has now been taken to La Collette for recycling and will end up as compost, completing its natural cycle just like [a] toad’s.’

He added: ‘Since its installation, the Crapaud has won the hearts of many fans, who will be sad to see her go. The good news is that the Trust has recently applied for planning permission to install another exciting willow sculpture at the site of the former holiday camp at Plémont, which will hopefully be built early next year.’

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