Claassen’s sculptures are often not what they seem to be. He creates a tension between the light tone of the subject matter and the weight of the rounded bronze forms. Claassen chose to use bronze, a traditional sculpture material, but enveloped the work in white paint, creating the impression of marshmallowy lightness. The rabbits are placed directly on the ground in an attempt to bring the sculptures “down to earth,” a departure from the way we usually view monuments and public sculpture.
Courtesy of The Gateway Foundation.
Dimensions: 87″ x 61″ x 55″, 63″ x 68″ x 45″
Year Completed: 2004
Owner: Gateway Foundation