You don’t need to get out of your car to spot the Giant Dancing Hares in Dublin, Ohio. This fun roadside attraction is part of the Art in Public Places trail in Dublin with over 70 sculptures.
Located at the entrance to the luxurious, Irish inspired Ballantrae community, the bunnies are visible on a hill, or hillock as they like to say in Dublin, overlooking a splash pad and pond situated on 20 acres of land.
The 15-foot-tall bronze bunnies by artist Sophie Ryder, were commissioned by Ballantrae developer Peter Edwards after he saw Ryder’s work while traveling overseas.
The artist, who resides in the Gloucestershire countryside of England is fascinated by the spring courtship of the hares who stand erect and “box” each other for mates and territory.
According to this article, the whimsical Dancing Hares were shipped from the Netherlands and hoisted to their current position one by one. In 2007, Edwards Cos. donated the sculpture worth $262,000 to the city of Dublin to receive a tax break.
You may be tempted to view these bunnies from the bottom of the hill, but you’d miss out on an important element of this art installation. The best way to appreciate this statue is to park your car and walk up the paved circular path that leads to the top of the hill.
Upon close inspection, you’ll see everyday household objects and not so ordinary recycled objects from coins to a camera to tools embedded in the metal sculpture. This is a great opportunity on a family road trip to get out, stretch your legs and play a game of “I Spy”.
You’ll find the park with the giant Dancing Hares at 6350 Woerner Temple Road, Dublin, OH. If you have a few extra minutes, drive down the road to the Field of Corn, another giant art installation you won’t want to miss.
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