Artwork of the Week: May 24

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Barry Flanagan (British, 1941–2009), Large Leaping Hare, bronze with stainless steel base, 1982. Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden

Barry Flanagan (British, 1941–2009), Large Leaping Hare, bronze with stainless steel base, 1982. Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden

Rebellion was common from the early stages of Barry Flanagan’s career. He chose to break away from conventional British sculpture by using unusual materials such as rope and sandbags. By 1982, when he made Large Leaping Hare, Flanagan had abandoned his unique choices of medium and switched to using bronze. However, his playfulness was still depicted with the lighthearted poses of his trademark hares, a subject Flanagan considered more emotion-driven than a human figure. He believed that the large ears could be far more expressive than a person’s eyes. This hare, frozen in mid-leap, was a symbol of freedom. Take advantage of the nice weather and explore TMA’s outdoor sculpture garden to find this gem.


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