A Tale of Two Rabbits ……

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I began creating a series of seriously whimsical rabbits a number of years ago.  The first rabbit was hand cut the day Walter Cronkite passed away. “Walter” as he is fondly called appears and reappears. “Walter – Going down”  was the very first.

This August I installed two in Sarasota in amazing gardens………..

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“Walter -Going Down”  has a tropical residence alongside a lap pool. While “Walter – Who? What?” is paired with another sculpture in a slightly more formal setting and in a different material.

I’m insistent installation is done properly.  Thankfully Sarasota has an extremely experienced art installer – Jon Dowd.  We shared one hot, humid afternoon placing and installing the rabbits.

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“Walter -Who? What?” is the first in the series to be cut from metal other than aluminum.  I chose mild steel to be sensitive to the sculpture he was to be paired with.  The steel plate selected was already aging but I took a few steps to achieve a more aged finish.

Before degreasing, rust acceleration and rust inhibition the rabbit looked like this……

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Installed he looks like this………

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A happy ending for two tails!

 Sometimes its hard for an artist to let go of a creation.  Walter the rabbit just keeps multiplying and I keep inventing roles to pose him in.  I’m rather fond of the “Jitterbug” and “Walter’s Frolics” pictured below.

"Jitterbug" - aluminum - 5'x 6.6.'

“Jitterbug” – aluminum

"Walter's Frolics" - aluminum

“Walter’s Frolics” – aluminum

I designed the rabbit in the summer of 2009.  The first piece was hand cut from aluminum plate and was being hand sanded, buffed and powder coated the week Walter Cronkite died.  Thus the name Walter.  In some odd way the name fit and it reminds me every time I am confronted with one of the sculptures, or when I go back to work on a new pose, of the impact an exceptional newsperson can have on your memories of events through a lifetime.