The fifth 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 Ace the White Rabbit, by SarahJane Cassie. Local readers can find the bunny at Dedham Library, Endicott Branch on Mount Vernon Street.
When I asked Cassie why she had chosen this particular design, she replied that her entire family adores Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Her daughter has quite an extensive collection of Alice in Wonderland gear.
“I liked the idea of a simple white rabbit hiding under all that regalia, like The White Rabbit in the story,” said Cassie. “After all, ‘ears and whiskers’ are an essential part of bunniness. My version has a lace collar as a nod to Tenniel’s vision, but in a modern twist he is able to support all suits.”
Cassie and her family aren’t the only ones who love Alice in Wonderland.
Although he had only been installed at the Endicott for a couple of days when The Five-Year-Old held her photo shoot, Ace was already a remarkably popular rabbit. At least ten people came up to view him during our photo shoot. Must be all that gold sparkling in the sun.
From the side.
From the other side.
From the back.
And your close-up.
Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits Patch, by Iris Sonnenschein.
Ace the White Rabbit (c) 2012 SarahJane Cassie
Did you know that I’ve got a book out about the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project?
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.
- Meet the Artists and their Rabbits (Dedham Shines)
- Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Dedham Public Art Project (Caterpickles)