Hare in the Square

Dexterously the Drummer was right handed,
there are examples in bronze from that mould
in other locations.

The left handedness of this Drummer
speaks to the other side of the brain,
from the past to the future;
another tune in composure.

A seed of hope after the conviction.
I would subtitle this piece
‘I don’t want to set the world on fire.’

— Barry Flanagan

I’m certainly not the first to note the temporary exhibition of Barry Flanagan’s Large Left Handed Drummer, but I may be the last New Yorker to write about it.

Flanagan, a Welsh-born, Dublin-based sculptor, has been producing monumental hares since the early 1980’s. This 16’ tall bronze statue of a dancing rabbit playing a drum is on a busy traffic island near Union Square Park.

It has been displayed since February and, sadly, it is scheduled to be removed this week. Hope you had a chance to visit the Large Left Handed Drummer while it was here.

Barry Flanagan's bronze sculpture
Barry Flanagan’s bronze sculpture

 Large Left Handed Drummer
Large Left Handed Drummer

The hare surrounded by cabs
The hare surrounded by cabs

The Hare In Union Square
Barry Flanagan’s Hares on O’Connell Street
Circa Art Magazine: Barry Flanagan’s Hares hit Dublin
Irish Museum of Modern Art: Barry Flanagan
Waddington Galleries: Barry Flanagan
Hugh Lane Gallery: Barry Flanagan
Union Square Partnership

10 Responses to Hare in the Square

  1. PS says:

    Oh I love outdoor scupltures–this one is quite unusual and intriguing. I wonder what his inspiration was?

    Thanks for your comment the other day–I’ll come see you again and I hope you visit again soon!


  2. Jilly says:

    Oh what fun! I love this hare.


  3. grannyfiddler says:

    do you know where he’s going to? somewhere with lots of music and people, i hope.


  4. Luke says:

    cool statue, and great shots!


  5. moi says:

    aren’t u lucky to be living in a city replete with sights like these…. 🙂


  6. JoAnn says:

    Hi, I like to have a look into this city ( and others) , pretty sculptures, Nice blog. Feel free to visit my blog Greetings JoAnn


  7. Olivier says:

    Belle statue (tres joyeuse) de ce lievre. Je ne connaissais pas Barry Flanagan, j’ai ete faire un tour sur Wikipedia, on retrouve le meme lievre dans les rues de Dublin. Je te souhaite un bon weekend

    Beautiful statue (very merry) of this hare. I did not know Barry Flanagan, I was to make a turn on Wikipedia, one finds same hare in the streets of Dublin. I wish you a good weekend

    Lien Giant Hares In O’Connell Street


  8. photowannabe says:

    What a fascinating statue. I love the whimsy it portrays.
    Anulla, you made me laugh at your comment about going from neighbor to neighbor to borrow a cup of internet. Great image you conjured up in my head. Thanks.


  9. Brilliant site, exactly where did you get the web template?


  10. Kouillou says:


    Barry Flanagan’s “Left handed drummer” was sold – [Lot 130] on 26th May 2011 by Sotheby’s London

    Künstler Barry Flanagan
    Titel Left handed drummer
    Medium bronze with dark brown + black patina
    Größe 98,5 x 0 in. / 250,2 x 0 cm.
    Beschreibung signed with monogram, numbered AC 1/2 /8 and stamped with foundry mark
    bronze with dark brown and black patina
    Edition AC 1/2
    Bez. Signed, Stamped



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