Rabbit & Hare Statues (page 2)

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Stop Agan Service Rabbit
Texarkana, TX

vintage postcard and 2003:

The Stop Agan Service gas station caught attention with a WWII surplus Cessna Bobcat airplane on its roof. The owner, L.E. Agan, had three or four other stations around town with planes on their roofs. They are all gone. The station shown in the postcard opened in 1945 and featured a saddled-up, six-foot-tall jackrabbit. At that point, the statue was brown and had a fur coat.

The station closed in the late 1950s. In 1968, another building replaced it to house Big Daddy's Pawn Shop, run by Agan's daughter. Although the plane was gone, the rabbit remained for tourists to pose with for the camera. The pawn shop closed in 2000 and still remains vacant. The rabbit was still there in 2003. By 2007, the rabbit had been moved behind the building and restored. By 2011, the rabbit had been moved to storage. In 2012, he was restored by Clint Wright and installed inside Dot's Ace Hardware. He has fur again and wears a new saddle. For more, see this website.

Forney, TX
Ralls, TX
The Jackrabbit in Forney is mounted on a pole downtown. The Jackrabbit is the local sports teams' mascot. [map]

The Jackrabbit in Ralls was carved by Cam Dockery from four elm trees in 2017. The sculpture is over 14 feet tall, making it the world's largest. The Jackrabbit was installed in front of the Dag Azam Park baseball and softball fields sometime after 2013. The teams' mascot is the Jackrabbit. [map]

Austin, TX
2008: 2018:
This fiberglass Jackrabbit was rescued from a dump in Dallas. It was originally painted pink. The cowboy was made from a car muffler. The sculpture was adapted around 1992 by Evan Voyles whose other creations and signs are scattered around Austin. The sculpture was installed above the entrance of the Uncommon Objects store. When the store moved to a new location in 2017, the sculpture was brought along and installed inside. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Gainesville, GA
Hatch, NM
The Rabbit in Gainesville was installed in 1993 in front of the Rabbittown Cafe. The 20-foot-tall rabbit waves to passing motorists from his pedestal. The statue is made from styrofoam coated with fiberglass. He is a tribute to the town's survival through the Depression by raising rabbits for meat. [map]

From the feet and tail, this fiberglass statue in Hatch appears to be a Rabbit. I don't know if the round head is original or if it had rabbit ears previously. Does anyone recognize if this was a particular character or know where it might have come from? The statue is currently in storage at Franciscan RV.

Queens, NY
Dancing Hares
Dublin, OH
St. Helena, CA
This Rabbit in Queens is about six feet tall. The statue stands in Harvey Park which was named after George Harvey in the 1950s. Harvey served as the Queens borough president from 1928-1941. This rabbit, a reference to the 1950 movie "Harvey", was installed in 1995. [map]

The 15-foot-tall Dancing Hares were created by Sophie Ryder. It was installed in Ballantrae Park in 2007. [map]

The Rabbit in St. Helena was created by Lawrence Argent. The 35-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture is entitled "Bunny Foo Foo." It stands in the Hall Wines vineyard. Argent also created the Red Rabbit in Sacramento described below. For more, see this website. [map]

Des Moines, IA
Gateway, AR (now Garfield, AR)
Bugs Bunny
San Bernardino, CA
Bugs Bunny
Casper, WY
The Hare sculpture in Des Moines is entitled "Thinker on a Rock". It was created by Barry Flanagan in 1997. The sculpture is installed in the Des Moines Art Center's Pappajohn Sculpture Park. [map]

This Rabbit in Gateway was originally painted pink and used on a parade float in the late 1980s. Later, the six-foot-tall fiberglass statue turned up at R.C.'s Family Style Restaurant. Around 2007, after the restaurant closed, a neighbor adopted the statue. He has been painted white and installed in her front yard. "Jack Rabbit" is decorated for various holidays. The rabbit's eyelids can be opened and closed from a rope inside the statue. By 2022, the statue had been moved to Martin Greer's Candies in Garfield. For more, see this website. [map]

This Bugs Bunny in San Bernardino is located at the McDonald's Museum. This statue was sometimes used in the S.S. Juan Pollo parade car. [map]

This Bugs Bunny in Casper is installed in front of Sanford's Grub & Pub. There is also a Daffy Duck here. These fiberglass statues are about 30 feet tall. These statues were originally installed in 1994 at the Warner Bros. Studio Store in Atlantic City, NJ. They were removed in 2001. There are about 10 Sanford's locations in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This is the only location with the statues. I believe it opened around 2007. [map]

Brer Rabbit
Eatonton, GA
The original three-foot-tall, iron Brer Rabbit was created by Fred Abraham. I believe it was built in the 1950s. That one was installed in front of the courthouse where it still remains. I think this replica statue which is installed in front of the Uncle Remus Museum was built around 2003. This statue was stolen in 2011. It was quickly recovered and his broken ear and pipe were restored. Brer Rabbit was a character in Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories. Harris was born in Eatonton. [map]

Red Rabbit
Sacramento, CA
This Red Rabbit was installed at the Sacramento International Airport in 2011. The aluminum sculpture is 56 feet long and entitled "Leap." It depicts a rabbit leaping into a suitcase on the floor below. It was created by Lawrence Argent who is best known for his Blue Bear in Denver, CO. For more, see this website.

Bunny Museum
Altadena, CA
The Bunny Museum opened in 1998 in the owner's house in Pasadena. It moved to Altadena in 2017. The museum features more than 35,000 rabbit-related items. For more, see this website. [map]

Newport Beach, CA
These Rabbits were installed in 2013 on the walking trails near the Civic Center. The large rabbit shown in the top two photos is about eight feet tall. There is another one of this size elsewhere in the park. The smaller rabbits in the circle are about three feet tall. For more, see this website. [map]

Blacktail Jackrabbits
Tempe, AZ
These three Blacktail Jackrabbits are eight to 14 feet tall and posed around a water fountain downtown. They are named Restful Rabbit, Groomer Rabbit, and Guard Rabbit. The sculptures were created by Mark Rossi in 1993. [map]

Reclining Jackrabbit [gone]
Chandler, AZ
This Reclining Jackrabbit was created by Mark Rossi who is responsible for the Jackrabbits in Tempe described directly above. This sculpture was installed in 1997 in front of the Wild Tree housing development. It is about 12 feet long. The statue was gone by late 2017. He was still missing in 2018. Does anyone know if this is temporary or where he went?

More Rabbits:
Rabbit (San Jose, CA)
White Rabbit (Englewood, CO)
Bugs Bunny (Platteville, CO)
Bunny Hutch (Lincolnwood, IL)
Cottontail on the Trail (Minneapolis, MN) [map]
Hare on Bell (Minneapolis, MN) [map]
Max Rabitat (Minneapolis, MN) [map]
Rabbit (Wabasso, MN)
Pink Jack Rabbit (Lake of the Ozarks, MO) [gone]
Rabbit (Cherokee, NC)
Rabbit (Taos, NM)

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