Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers by Barry Flanagan

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Sculptor Barry Flanagan created “Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers” in 1983 and it was given to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 1987. The piece is exactly what the title describes it as: a hare balanced on a bell that’s standing on stone piers. Very original title work there, Barry.

The sculpture garden web site describes it like this:

“An exuberant, bounding hare balances atop a classically formed bell, providing an interesting study in contrasts. The sinuous lines and playful vitality of the hare counter-balance the elegant formality of the bell, which evokes centuries of the bronze-casting tradition. The novel juxtaposition of the two forms–both symbols of fertility and both frequent motifs in Flanagan’s art–conjures up new and fantastic associations.

Or it’s just kind of weird.

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