The Gaslamp Quarter Association is proud to welcome Garden Communities as a contributing sponsor for the “Rabbitville” public art installation. Locals and visitors have enjoyed the collection of 15 decorative fiberglass rabbit sculptures celebrating the 150th Anniversary! The Garden Communities rabbit was just added to the warren of decorative sculptures for the Opening Weekend Celebration of the 2018 San Diego Padres season and the historic U.S. Grant hotel’s Easter Brunch.
In the 1860’s, the area that is now the Gaslamp Quarter was nicknamed “Rabbitville” after its chief inhabitants. The public art installation honors the pioneering spirit of legendary founder, Alonzo Horton, who transformed Rabbitville into modern San Diego. Fifteen artists have been commissioned to create the eye-catching sculptures that are sophisticated and bold!
“We appreciate the generous sponsors of “Rabbitville” who are helping to inspire the imaginations of the next generation of pioneers in San Diego,” said Michael Trimble, Executive Director of the Gaslamp Quarter Association.
Garden Communities selected artist Mario Herbelin-Canellas who painted the fiberglass sculpture a chrome shiny blue. “The piece is an homage to the element water” said Herbelin-Canellas, who was also the artist for the Pacific Magazine’s Rabbit.
Garden is known for its contemporary apartment homes in San Diego and throughout Southern California and Arizona. The 2 additional sculpture rabbits representing elements fire and earth, will have a permanent home at Garden’s “Elements” apartment homes in Irvine.
“The rabbits will find a good home at Elements, where neighbors will enjoy their playful spirit and appreciate the fun they bring to our community,” said Dee Snow, Project Director for Garden Communities. “We have a commitment to art within our projects, and with the help of some very talented local artists, have curated a very interesting and inviting collection for residents to enjoy.”
The 13 Rabbitville Rabbits will remain at the historic U.S. Grant hotel until April 9th and then 6 will travel to the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Ave, where there will be a special artist reception from 6PM-9PM on Thursday, April 19th. The Rabbitville exhibition with then travel to the Gaslamp Hilton hotel through the end of April 2018.