Giant pink bunny and friends hope to sit in traffic soon near CityPlace

Yes, that was a giant fuchsia rabbit and a large snail crawling through traffic along U.S. 1 late Monday afternoon from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach.

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Gallery owner Paul Fisher with the giant rabbit that he hopes will soon sit in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard in front of CityPlace.

“It was so cool watching everyone on the street whipping out their phones taking pictures,’’ said Paul Fisher, who followed the flatbed with the giant sculptures all the way to his art gallery at 433 Flamingo Dr.

If you missed it, you’ll get another chance soon.

Actually, you can see the rabbit now – all 8 ½ feet of it. It’s perched out in the grass, looming over cars in a parking lot behind Fisher’s gallery just west of U.S. 1.

But later this year, the rabbit and snail, along with an enormous yellow bird and 21-ft. crocodile and perhaps other giant sculptured animals, are expected to take up residence in the grass median along Okeechobee Boulevard in front of CityPlace.swallow

Fisher said he is in the process of getting permits from the city, but there’s no installation date yet.

The giant sculptures are the work of Italian artists called Cracking Art Group. Made of plastic, the group’s animal sculptures have been featured in public places in in London, Rome and Vienna.

Closer to home, they were part of Art Basel Miami a few years ago and, more recently, Art Boca this past weekend.

“They’re all for sale,’’ said Fisher, the only regional dealer for the animal sculptures. And they’re not cheap — $22,000 each.

“I’ve always admired them. They’re beautiful. The great thing about these sculptures is they can stay outside for 100 years and they won’t fade.’’

crockAfter returning from Boca Raton late Monday, the snail, crocodile and swallow were placed inside Fisher’s gallery.

But the silly rabbit was put in the back parking lot “because it doesn’t fit inside,’’ Fisher said.

“I’ve had worse job than wrangling giant fuchsia bunnies. It’s more provocative outside. You see it from a distance and say, ‘Oh, there’s an 8-1/2 ft. rabbit.’ But when you see them up front, there’s nothing comic about them.’’

Fisher remembers the pair of 4-ton bronze elephants, by Connecticut artist Peter Woytuk, that graced the grass median on Okeechobee Boulevard just south of CityPlace in 2002.

The big bunny and his friends will be just as popular, he said.

“Everybody gets a big smile on their face when the see a giant rabbit.’’

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