Frog Museum

  Split is the second largest city in Croatia and a historical and cultural city. On an inconspicuous street, there is an ordinary small building with white walls, dim lights, and a not-so-noticeable sign. This is the location of the Frog Museum. There are 21 exhibition boxes and 507 frog models. The bustling tourists showed the people’s love for it.
  In ordinary people’s minds, animal specimens are the scenes that restore their lives, and are not essentially different from zoos. The Frog Museum did not play cards according to common sense. Instead, it changed its mindset and used dead frogs to perfectly construct human life scenes. In a sense, what is shown here is not frogs, but humans themselves.
  The frogs in the exhibition box are lively and lovely, all of them have the same names as humans. Some became carpenter’s frogs and devoted themselves to making furniture; some carried small schoolbags and became student frogs; some played tennis and went fishing by the water when they were leisurely. There are also pulling horizontal bars, rowing boats, getting married, pulling teeth, hitting iron, photography, painting, drinking, and shaving. Their lives are colorful. Sewing Frog is a good wife and mother, pedaling on a sewing machine, making floral fabric into clothes. A student frog didn’t listen well to the class, and the teacher drew a pointer severely.
  These frogs have a long history, the designer and producer is Ferrence Mill. He is Dutch. He has lived by the pond since he was a child, and he can hear the calls of frogs in his dreams. Therefore, he was familiar with the life of frogs and formed a deep friendship with them. As the years passed, he slowly grew up, went to school, and worked, and found that the number of frogs was declining. What if one day, no frogs are seen on the earth anymore? He had an idea to make animal specimens to record the warmth after life disappeared, so that the dead frog could gain another life.
  Making animal specimens is not an easy task. Ferrence subscribes to a large number of books related to frogs and reads and studies whenever he has time. He also went to apprentices and learned techniques from several domestic wildlife specimen masters. As long as he has time, he goes to the field to observe, shoot, and record. In 1910, he began to design and produce the first batch of interesting frog specimens, put various interesting shapes for the frogs, set up various life-like scenes, and was completely immersed in the fairy tale world of frogs.
  The production of each animal specimen must go through more than a dozen processes such as harvesting, peeling, soaking, drying, grinding, filling, sewing, and moistening. It is not only dirty and smelly, but also tedious. It often takes several months to make a specimen. Before making it, you must have a sketch of the specimen drawn on paper, and you must be very familiar with the frog’s body structure, living habits, and shape. He is extremely obsessed with this job. The studio is full of tools such as tweezers, knives, scissors, sutures, palettes, and coloring pens. Work 5 days a week, from 9 am to 9 pm.
  This is a project that requires painstaking efforts. The taxidermy technique he used was very advanced at the time. The filling starts from the frog’s mouth. In order to keep the specimen intact and ensure that no cutting is required, it must be painstaking and careful. In 10 years, he made more than 1,000 frog specimens. Part of the specimens have gone through vicissitudes of life, after several hands, and finally came to Croatia.
  This is not a natural specimen museum in the traditional sense. It is more like a frog’s perspective to tell the details of life in the human world that are ignored by you and me. It turns out that if we look at the world from another angle, the world will be very different.