This week on Through the Lens, The Five-Year-Old visits the Bengal Bunny by Sal D’Antona. Local readers can find the bunny at the Gregory M. Riley Memorial Playground at Paul Park on Tower Street.
As you may remember, the Bengal Bunny made the news last week when local vandals hacked off one of his ears. While vandalism is always a risk with a public art project, The Five-Year-Old and I hate that it happened. Especially after learning that to paint the Bengal Bunny, Sal spent hours studying the specific stripe patterns on Bengal and Siberian tigers to ensure that he got the markings on the Bengal Bunny’s face and ears exactly right. (Although we have to admit, that bandage is pretty awesome.)
As we mentioned last week, Dedham Shines is collecting donations to help defray the cost of restoring the missing ear. 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
- Make an online donation here.
(All donations are tax-deductible.)
When he’s not busily disguising gigantic fiberglass bunnies as Bengal tigers, Sal D’Antona paints homes in New England, Florida, and California. And while he does do the straight painting work you thought of when you read that sentence, Sal also does more formal decorative art, Venetian plaster, and whimsical murals, such as this one based on Robert McCloskey’s children’s book Make Way for Ducklings.
And with that, The Five-Year-Old presents Sal D’Antona’s Bengal Bunny:
From the side.
From the back.
And your close-up.
Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits “Avery Oak” by Cat Ciccolo Tucker.
Bengal Bunny (c) 2012 Salvatore D’Antona
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)
- Sal D’Antona’s website (Salvatore Painting)
- Breaking News from Your Caterpickles Official Junior Photojournalist: Bengal Bunny Vandalized (Caterpickles)
- Dedham rabbit vandalized (Dedham Transcript)
- Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Dedham Public Art Project (Caterpickles)
- Online and iPhone-friendly Map to the Dedham Bunnies (everytrail.com)