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Bunny Squared and Other News of the Week

a person in a bunny suit sets up a camera on a tripod across from Lisa Houck's Spiral Bunny.

Bunny takes self-portrait with the Spiral Bunny. (Photo: Dedham Public Art Project, Spiral Bunny (c) 2012 Lisa Houck)

Bunny Squared

This week, several witnesses reported seeing a mysterious rabbit take a self-portrait with Lisa Houck’s Spiral Bunny. Another saw the same photographer posing with Townie, implying Bugs may be on a bunny hop. Unfortunately, the bunny hopped away before she could document the sighting properly. Here at Caterpickles Central, The Five-Year-Old is determined to be the next to spot a Double Bunny event, and as she faithfully carries her camera everywhere, when she does, you know we’ll share the photos with you.

Also seen on camera this week, the deepest view of the universe ever captured.

The image, taken by NASA’s Hubble telescope combines ten years of images of a single patch of sky into one full-color photograph. The resulting image, called XDF or eXtreme Deep Field, includes 5,500 galaxies, including some that are 13.2 billion years old. (via Engadget)

The most detailed view of the universe ever captured, courtesy of NASA’s Hubble telescope. (Photo: NASA)

Peanut butter recall expands

In case you missed it — this week the peanut butter recall expanded to include Safeway, Sprouts, and Harry & David store brands as well as those from Trader Joe’s.

Full list of affected peanut, cashew, and almond products is available here.

Mei Xiang’s panda cub has died

Finally, following up on last week’s post, we have some sad news. Mei Xiang’s panda cub died this week. Zookeepers had not yet named the cub, following a Chinese tradition in which pandas are not named for 100 days. A necropsy performed last Monday revealed an unusual amount of fluid in the abdomen and abnormalities in the liver, but zookeepers were not certain that was the cause of the cub’s death. The National Zoo has closed its panda house indefinitely.

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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