Silly Pink Bunny
The Silly Pink Bunny statue at the corner of Haight and Laguna streets in San Francisco was a symbol of community efforts to activate the Haight Street corridor through culturally relevant and iconic street art. Development plans for the site included the removal of this statue to make way for public housing. Haight Street Art Center partnered with local artist Jeremy Fish to host a funeral for his artwork, and raise over $50,000 for him to create a bronze version of this neighborhood landmark which will be permanently installed just down the street by the entrance to the art center.
On Friday, September 13th 2013, hundreds gathered on the corner of Haight and Laguna for the Silly Pink Bunny’s funeral. Singer/guitarist Matt Molina entertained the crowd. Devon Chulick and Thea Selby, the current and former heads of the Lower Haight Merchant and Neighbor Association, spoke about the history of the mural and the neighborhood’s identity. City Supervisor, London Breed, introduced the fundraising campaign with her own personal pledge of $2,500 before artist Jeremy Fish said some final words and the bunny was ceremoniously destroyed. Watch the video here:
On April 29, 2017, a Bronze Bunny was permanently installed outside the entrance to the Haight Street Art Center.