Did you know rabbits can dance in Dublin, Ohio? Learn the history of the Ballantrae Giant Dancing Hares and why it’s a local favorite!
Many locals refer to the Dancing Hares of Ballantrae Park as the "Bunny Hill" or "Bunny Park". The Hares are up to 24' tall and were commissioned in 2001 by artist Sophie Ryder in her hometown of London, England.
Rabbits are known for their spring courtship, which is when they stand “boxing” to claim mates and territory. Ryder was so intrigued by this happening that she created 3 sculptures.
She crafted the 24-foot sculptures from metal scraps including pipes, hammers and screws and embedded other everyday household objects in the sculptures to give on-lookers a scavenger hunt while they admire her art. See how many you can find!
In the summer, the splash pad located at the bottom of the hill gives the visitors a fun, free activity to enjoy while admiring the public art (fountains open seasonally).
The Giant Dancing Bunnies are known for their happy moves and splash pad giving any sunny afternoon a cool down, but these hares are more than just giant sculptures. They’re a centerpiece of Dublin.
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