The Silly Pink Bunny Project
THE BUNNY: Recognized in 2012 as the 3rd best public sculpture in San Francisco by SF Weekly, Jeremy Fish's Silly Pink Bunny is an important piece of artwork that marks the gateway to the Lower Haight neighborhood. Perhaps most importantly, the Silly Pink Bunny and murals that grace the walls at Haight and Laguna symbolize years of neighbor and community efforts to activate the Haight Street corridor through culturally relevant and iconic street art.
THE THREAT: Today, development plans for the site include removing the Silly Pink Bunny and walls along Laguna and Haight to make way for new rental housing.
THE SOLUTION: Fortunately, the developer of the site has agreed to work with the community and artist to find a permanent home for a new, bronzed Silly Pink Bunny and the murals. And the Haight Street Art Center has already secured half of the funding that will be needed to make this effort a reality.
THE PROJECT: But we need your help to raise the other half! Join us and Bronze the Bunny! Once we reach our funding goal, the artist will Bronze the Bunny and we'll send out the goodies to those who supported the effort! The new, bronzed Silly Pink Bunny will get placed in its final location near the corner of Laguna and Haight in about 12-18 months, depending on the pace of construction at the site and subject to final location approval from the San Francisco Planning Department. In the meantime, the bunny will get bronzed and will get placed in a temporary home until the Haight & Laguna location is ready.
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Scenes from the Bunny Funeral (courtesy of Haighteration.com)
Back in 2010, when we made a call out to local artists to turn a tagged and blighted wall on Haight and Laguna into a gateway to the Lower Haight, we didn't have any funds to do it; just the permission of UC Berkeley to put a temporary mural in the space, and a dream.
Four months later, Ursula Young and Sonya Genel flanked the corner, while MarsOne, Doze Green, and David Choong Lee collaborated on a stunning piece that took up half of the Haight Street side of the mural. Hugh Leeman's iconic homeless man in a baseball cap adorned the Laguna side, along with an Octopus woman in purples and browns by Dee Jae Paeste.
The corner, however, was still empty. Another local artist had asked us to reserve it, and we, knowing the artist's work well from his years at Lower Haight store Upper Playground, happily agreed.
A month later, in time for our celebration of the Love in the Lower Haight art project, Jeremy Fish mounted his Silly Pink Bunny, a giant pink statue with a figure he'd been drawing since beginning his career as an artist, a friendly yet frightening bunny with a skull in his mouth.
All the artists knew that this was a temporary installation and still gave their time, their talent, and, in Jeremy's case, his statue, to this community project.
People from around the world came to photograph the mural and to take a picture with the creepy and cute Silly Pink Bunny. The corner went from being a place to get your car broken into to a place to hang out and take videos and pictures of iconic and artistic San Francisco.
The murals have morphed over time, too tagged or ragged to continue. New artists take the place of the original. The community continues to repaint Ursula's corner mural when it gets tagged and to use anti-grafitti paint on others. The Silly Pink Bunny had a makeover just a month back, and gained a patch over his ripped eye, and a pirate background to match his sporting new look.
The time has come to say goodbye to the existing Love in the Lower Haight Art installation. The walls and Silly Pink Bunny will be demolished, starting on Friday the 13th---two and a half years after the art started going up. We invite you to join the funeral and a wake and to celebrate the new beginning--a BRONZED permanent Silly Pink Bunny.
The not-for-profit Haight Street Art Center, which will be housed inside the Woods Hall Annex on the Haight Street side of the development, has provided an initial pledge of $25,000! If we can raise another $25,000, then Jeremy Fish will BRONZE the Silly Pink Bunny and it will become a permanent addition to the Lower Haight to welcome visitors to our neighborhood, and to make us smile just a little bit as we take the 71 up the hill or walk or drive by.
To ensure transparency and accountability, the Haight Street Art Center has also set up an independent bank account to isolate funds contributed to the Silly Pink Bunny Project. If funds generated through this campaign exceed our goal, we will use excess funds to further the goal of public art at the site.
Please help us add public art to San Francisco, preserve a piece of Lower Haight art and keep Laguna and Haight a gateway to the Lower Haight. You'll be helping your neighborhood and yourself (check out the one of a kind art that is being given away as part of this project!)
Risks and challenges
The new, bronzed Silly Pink Bunny will get placed in its final location near the corner of Laguna and Haight in about 12-18 months, depending on the pace of construction at the site and subject to final location approval from the San Francisco Planning Department. In the meantime, the bunny will get bronzed and will get placed in a temporary home until the Haight & Laguna location is ready.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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