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Joy

One of the more mature of frogs on the trail and a prodigy of the post-punk era, Joy’s greatest hits included Love Will Tear Us Apart. His debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was recorded in Stockport at Strawberry Studios in 1979 along with Joy Division band mates.

Proudly sponsored by Totally Stockport

Totally Stockport is Stockport’s Business Improvement District, generally referred to as a BID and the organisation behind #Stockportfrogs.

The Stockport BID generates funds through a BID levy, contributed to qualifying businesses within the town centre. These funds are specifically ring-fenced for projects that will enhance the town centre’s offering and generate additional footfall attracting new and returning customers for the BID levy payers. Priorities include making the town centre a safer place for customers and employees; stimulating and inspiring businesses to improve choice; marketing all areas of the town and to make it easier to do business in Stockport. 

Stockport’s £1bn regeneration plan is transforming Stockport, a gigantic leap forward for the town centre, creating exciting opportunities for business and a destination of choice for residents and visitors. Totally Stockport is celebrating Stockport’s future with this unique art trail – Stockport’s Gigantic Leap Frog Art Trail – creating an engaging and vibrant, outdoor art trail attracting thousands of people from across the region and an opportunity to showcase Stockport, its business community and show how the town centre is changing. After the trail closes, the frogs will be auctioned with proceeds going to St Ann’s Hospice.

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Lovingly created by Chris Wright

Chris was born and brought up in Stockport. Although he works in an IT support role now, his first job on leaving school was working in a cotton mill in Reddish, Stockport. As an artist, Chris normally produces sculptures in bronze. He sketches out the designs first and makes the sculptures in clay; he then follows a process to have them cast in bronze:

“It’s quite an extensive process and the bronze casting is quite expensive. The bronzes I produce are human figures usually about 50 cm tall. I’ve also produced bronzes from casts of hands and feet. I’ve exhibited two of my figurative bronzes at Stockport Art Gallery and this is where I found out about the frogs and Giant Leap forward.”
Although this is a real change from his normal artwork, Chris said it has been a real pleasure in designing and painting his frog design for ‘Joy’!

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