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Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at Petruzziello Plaza

A young girl takes a picture of a giant blue rabbit.

The Five-Year-Old at Work. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The fourth entry in The Five-Year-Old’s ongoing Photo Documentary series about the Dedham Shines Public Art Project.

This week on Through the Lens, The Five-Year-Old visits Bunny in the Clouds, by Gary Koeppel. Local readers can find the bunny at Petruzziello Plaza, on the corner of Washington and Bryant Street.

A resident of Roslindale, Koeppel normally paints landscapes in oil. But he switched mediums to paint a gigantic fiberglass bunny in acrylics — just this once — as a way to get his work out in front of more people.

The installation of this particular bunny is brilliant. The bunny is set in the midst of a landscaped garden, which perfectly sets off Koeppel’s delicately painted lilies, grass, and butterflies.

To my (and The Five-Year-Old’s) disappointment, Koeppel’s show at the Muddy River Gallery in Brookline has already closed. But I hear there are a couple of utility boxes on Center Street in West Roxbury which boast his artwork. And that there may be some landscapes available for viewing at the Dedham Square Art Guild. Sounds like another field trip may be in order.

In the meantime, here is Koeppel’s bunny, as The Five-Year-Old sees it.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

The side.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

The other side.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

And a closeup.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

Ok, two.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits Ace the White Rabbit at the Endicott Library.

Bunny in the Clouds (c) 2012 Gary Koeppel

Did you know that I’ve got a book out about the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project?

My book, What’s That, Mom? provides 15 accessible, practical strategies for using public art to spark conversations with children between the ages of 3 and 10 — no artistic talent or insight required.

In addition to providing tips for viewing public art with kids ages 3-10, What’s That, Mom? offers much more detail on the 15 giant fiberglass rabbits included in the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project, including a complete set of (higher quality) photographs, influences on their various designs, and several interviews with the local artists who painted the bunnies.

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2 Responses to “Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at Petruzziello Plaza”

  1. Some bunny’s 10! | CATERPICKLES

    […] Hint: Here she is, as a mere five-year-old, making a few preliminary sketches of Gary Koeppel’s Bunny in the Clouds during the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project. You can see the photographs The (then) Five-Year-Old took of Bunny in the Clouds on that long-ago day here. […]



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