Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at Paul Park

The Five-Year-Old gives the Bengal Bunny a pep talk before the photo shoot. (Image: Shala Howell)

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

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.)

Sal D’Antona’s Bengal Bunny before he lost his ear. (Photo courtesy of Dedham Shines)

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:

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old.)

From the side.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old.)

From the back.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old.)

And your close-up.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old, with a little crop from Mommyo)

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

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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