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Through the Lens of The Five-Year-Old: The Bunny at Dedham Library

The five-year-old sits on top of No So Silent Spring taking a picture of the top of her head.

The Five-Year-Old at work. Due to the temporary loss of her regular camera, The Five-Year-Old had to make do with Mommyo’s iPhone. Mommyo, meanwhile, had to use Daddyo’s very gigantic camera. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The tenth 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 “Not So Silent Spring” by Susan Angevin. Local readers can find the bunny sitting outside the Dedham Public Library at 43 Church Street.

Like so many of us, Susan Angevin balances her love of art with a day job–in Angevin’s case, as a non-profit consultant. Her artwork, which is mostly found in private collections, consists mainly of oil paintings inspired by poetry, nature, folks art, her travels, and what Angevin describes as the “stuff of daily life: a nuthatch, a dog, a chaotic landscape, a pastel-colored coastal village.”

Angevin’s love for the natural world around her shows clearly in her bunny, over which butterflies, geese, robins, catbirds, chickadees, mushrooms, herons, and owls frolic in a blue-green field.

According to her bio, Angevin hopes that her bunny inspires children to see and appreciate nature and the making of art. It’s working well for the Five-Year-Old, who broke out her Caterpickles Field Guild again after visiting Not So Silent Spring last week.

Front of the rabbit --  painted blue with goldfinches in a nest and butterflies on her nose

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

From the side.

No So Silent Spring from the back. This view lets you share her view of her shady street.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

From the other side.

From the other side -- this side of the rabbit is dominated by a giant white owl.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

From the back.

From the back, you can see the legs of a giant white bird (but not its head) standing on Not So Silent Spring's speckled tail.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

And your close-up.

Someone's got a painted butterfly on their head.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

And finally, The Bunny Eye-View.

A side view of the front of Not So Silent Spring's face. There's a hint of eye and the wings of a hummingbird.

(Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

Be sure to tune in next week, when The Five-Year-Old visits Jester by Liza Abelson.

Not So Silent Spring (c) 2012 Susan Angevin

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 featured 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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