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Breaking News from Your Caterpickles Official Junior Photojournalist: Bengal Bunny Vandalized!

The Bengal Bunny by Sal D’Antona will make its official debut on next week’s issue of Through the Lens, but when we heard this morning that it had been vandalized, The Five-Year-Old couldn’t rest until she had visited the scene and brought you the report. We are sorry to say that it’s true.

Someone really did take off one of Bengal Bunny’s ears.

The Bengal Bunny. (Photo: The Five-Year-Old, Bengal Bunny (c) 2012 Salvatore D’Antona)

According to the Dedham Transcript, the vandalism occurred sometime between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. Efforts to locate the missing ear have been unsuccessful so far.

Repairs to Bengal Bunny are underway

In the meantime, Cowpainters, the studio in Illinois that created the original fiberglass rabbit, has begun work crafting a new fiberglass ear. Still, Monica Wilkinson of Dedham Shines, the non-profit behind the Dedham Public Art Project, says that the process of repairing the ear will be both lengthy and expensive.

We’ll keep you posted on developments as they occur. When the Bengal Bunny gets his ear back, you’ll hear it here first second pretty soon after.

Want to help?

Dedham Shines is collecting donations to help defray the cost of the repairs. If you would like to donate, you can:

  • Make checks payable to “Dedham Shines” (write “DPAP” on the memo line, please) and mail to Dedham Shines, PO Box 1023, Dedham MA 02027
  • Visit the Dedham Shines booth at the Dedham Farmers Market on Wednesday, Aug 1 to donate to the Rabbit Recovery Fund in person
  • Make an online donation here.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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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