Art

Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell

A recurring theme in Flanagan’s work, the hare often poses as if human, playing musical instruments, dancing, boxing, leaping, performing acrobatics or interacting with technology. Here at Broadgate, this gravity defying hare energises and lifts the spirit, as he leaps over the thin sliver of a crescent moon and the weighty dome of the bell. Surely enough to put a spring in anyone’s step.

Born in North Wales, Flanagan studied at St Martin's School of Art in London. His early sculptures attracted attention through his unusual use of cloth, canvas and sand. Later pieces were made from more conventional materials, and he became renowned for his colossal bronze sculptures of bells, horses and leaping hares. Appointed an OBE, Flanagan is one of the UK’s most famous modern sculptors, with work displayed in exhibitions from Argentina to Australia and represented in major museum collections worldwide. A collection of his writings was also published posthumously.

This sculpture is part of Talking Statues at Broadgate. If the hare could talk, what would he say? Find out more about our public writing competition here.

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