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A Rite of Spring



Inspiration comes from everywhere. I wanted to be out in the sunshine for a little bit today to keep my promise to myself to be outside in the fresh air as often as possible. It makes me feel better and I get creative inspiration from a great many outdoor things. I ended up at the Ballantrae Community Park, or the "Bunny Park" as many locals call it in Dublin, OH.


The park is a lovely and easy walk and I enjoyed a beautiful spring day! The centerpiece of the park is called “Dancing Hares”, a bronze sculpture of three giant It was created by London artist Sophie Ryder.


Sophie Ryder lives in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside where hares are a native and prolific species measuring 24′ when sitting with ears upright. She became enthralled with the hares annual spring courtship — standing erect and “boxing” each other for mates and territory; hence the phrase: “Mad as a March Hare.”


Initially unveiled at The Hague, Holland, “Dancing Hares” was commissioned in 2001 by Edwards Golf Communities, as the whimsical centerpiece for Ballantrae’s entry park-on loan to the City of Dublin.


Inviting a sense of discovery for all to come and see, Ms. Ryder has embedded everyday household objects in the bronze sculpture encouraging “children” of all ages to seek and find these things. For me and my earthy spirituality couldn’t have possibly found a better spot on a full moon right near the equinox as hares represent the renewed fertility of the earth and its creatures!


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