Walter swings out……….

Walter is making his mark in California!

After months of hellish rain these guys were finally unwrapped and given a little freedom. Sunday, April 7, 2019 the latest in the Walter series was installed. Dressed in their new, very suave red, two great rabbits are kicking up their heels.

When I first drew the dancing rabbits I penned them “Jitterbug” but seeing them installed I can’t help but think “Twist and Shout” might be a more appropriate title for them.

Titling sculptures is a tough job so how about helping me out. These guys deserve a title worthy of the fun they are having, not to mention the joy they bring us just viewing them. Any suggestions???


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!