JULY 2004, BEECH CROFT ROAD, SUMMERTOWN, OXFORD, ENGLAND
AN 11 FOOT 70 KILO BUNNY
MDF, OIL PAINT, IRONMONGERY
When it comes to streets, might makes right, and when your driving a car, you have a ton of lethal might while simultaneously being protected from the outside world.
No wonder so many otherwise OK people become bullies when handed that sort of power over others.
So it seemed natural to fight might with might. In this case, the 'might' was an 11 foot bunny, specifically, Bing Bunny, one of my children's book characters (I'm a full-time children's author and illustrator, the guy in the purple shirt on the left).
The Megabunny was created for a street party, with the intention that it would act as a 'scarecrow' to motorists. The street was legally closed, but you'd be surprised how many motorists are determined to go down a street even when it's obvious that it's being put to some more worthwhile use.
I made him in my front garden (what's left of it) while the neighbourhood kids looked on.It takes at least two people to set it up.
The Megabunny stands freely on its own folding stand, towering above cars. Should any motorist deliberately smash into the Megabunny (this is far from unlikely...see Living Room), the Megabunny will do considerable damage to the car, as his head would probably fall off on impact. I used the thickest MDF I could buy (20mm).
However, he is quite safe when not smashed into, and as there were plenty of little kids around, I ensured the Megabunny did not pose a health and safety hazard.
I was somewhat disappointed that he couldn't be an even 12 foot, but 11 foot was fairly respectable.
The Megabunny also doubles as a prop for my children's author workshops. He has since stood proudly in such august venues as the British Museum in London and the grounds of the Oxford Union in Oxford.
I plan on bringing him out into the streets more frequently in 2006. The idea is to pay for a parking spot in Oxford city centre, stick the 'pay-and-display' sticker on him, pull up an armchair, and invite parents to read Bing Bunny books to their kids.
I hope this will infuriate motorists who need a parking spot, but as I'll have paid to use it, there will be no redress.
If you'd like to learn more about Bing Bunny, see bingbunny.com
photos © Jamie Pullman