Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bye Bye Silly Pink Bunny

The statue, which appeared back in 2011 at the corner of Haight and Laguna, is the work of artist Jeremy Fish. Back in December, Upper Playground posted a photo of Fish apparently working on the statue, which measures roughly 7 feet tall:

As Fish put it:
"my gang, THE SILLY PINK BUNNIES, is celebrating 20 years of being a mean gang this year. Coincidentally 2011 is the year of the rabbit. this statue and mural is a tribute to the the gang and our history in the lower Haight. Viva la bunnies! see you this Easter."

Slow forward to 2013 and Jeremy Fish’s 7-foot-tall statue, along with the rest of the Lower Haight mural, will be demolished the week beginning September 9th. The artwork, which was always intended to be temporary, has been a part of the neighborhood since late 2010 / early 2011, when it was commissioned to spruce up the corner of the abandoned UC Berkeley Extension campus. Now that campus is being torn down to make way for the 55 Laguna housing development.

Yesterday 7X7 asked Fish if he wanted to try to preserve his creation, but he declined thusly:

“I am looking forward to watching it get smashed with a wrecking ball. After being lit on fire he deserves to die a valiant death!”

There are discussions underway to have some sort of send-off for the mural and bunny, and if anything develops, I will post it here.

For those in the East Bay, don't forget that tomorrow is Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum of California. Those of us on this side of the bridge will just have to wave forlornly toward the Oakland Hills. But next time..

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