Superfrog.

SuperFrog

Field review by the editors.

Fort Worth, Texas

Beginning in 1949 Texas Christian University had someone run around at its football games dressed as a cartoony horned lizard (School spirit aside, the most famous horned toad in Texas will always be Old Rip). For decades the lizard was named "Addy," but in 1979 it was renamed SuperFrog (even though it's not a frog) and in 1999 its design was given a complete makeover by Gorland Mar, a TCU employee. A costume based on his design was made in Canada, and served as the model for the bronze SuperFrog sculpture, which was unveiled in 2012.

With its spiked arms and legs, track shoes, muscular human body, and alien head, SuperFrog is a nightmarish choice for a sit-with-me statue. The university's student government spent $50,000 in student funds to have SuperFrog built in secret, which did not go over well.

"There are countless better uses for that kind of money," wrote the editors of the school paper. "We've got a $50,000 hunk of metal that serves no purpose but to inflate our 'go frogs' ego."

It does, however, make a freakishly weird photo-op.

SuperFrog

Texas Christian University

Address:
2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX
Directions:
Texas Christian University. In the courtyard behind the student union, which is on the east side of Stadium Drive midway between W. Cantey and W. Berry Sts. Walk through the building archway and you'll see the SuperFrog bench on the right.
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