The 15-foot bronze bunnies were designed by artist Sophie Ryder in 2001, and were commissioned specifically for the community by Mr. Peter Edwards. Each rabbit had to be shipped to their Ballantrae Park location separately, and are so heavy that multiple cranes were required to lift each sculpture and put it in position.
The unique trio of rabbits are posed in “boxing” positions, to mimic the fighting stance of hares seen during mating season. Each of the rabbits has random household items and toys hidden in their fur, which invites closer inspection.
The statues were meant to be both a whimsical decoration and an interactive experience. Visitors to the park are encouraged to touch and explore the statues to see how many hidden items they can find.