Hospitality - Barry Flanagan

Duinen einde Zeedijk
8300 Knokke-Heist

Flanagan is one of the most remarkable figures in post-war sculpture. He is part of an even rarer group of contemporary artists whose work is understood by several layers of the population. His majestic bronze hares, which are installed in public spaces all over the world, are world-renowned. There is one in the dunes on the fringe of the Zwin plain, another on Park Avenue in New York, and in Grant Park in Chicago ‘the hares’ have even become a landmark.

The animal represents freedom, independence, dynamics, fertility, power and individuality. A hare, not a bunny, which one would expect to see in this biotope, is easy to integrate in our dunes.

‘Hospitality’ symbolises our very welcoming seaside resort. The locals call it ‘the king of the Zwin’, ‘Bugs Bunny’, or simply ‘the bunny’.

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