Barry Flanagan - Hospitality
About the statue:
Flanagan has been using the “hare” for many years as a starting point to formulate his ideas.
The animal stands for liberty, independence, dynamics, fertility, strength and individuality. This bronze statue on a bronze pyramid-shaped pedestal (the fifth of 5 similar statues spread across the world) was not accidentally placed in one of the most beautiful places of the country.
Although this dynamical statue is a hare and not a rabbit, something one might expect in this biotope, it has been perfectly embedded in our dunes.The hare stands for “hospitality”, which is certainly important in our seaside resort. “Hospitality” soon got a series of nicknames, the statue “keuning van ’t Zwin”, “Bugs Bunny” or simply “’t Keun” (West Flemish for rabbit).
About the Artist:
The Briton Barry Flanagan is one of the most striking personalities of the post-war sculptors. He is still part of a rare group of contemporary artists, whose works are appreciated by broad layers of the population.
Evidence thereof is the interest that people from Europe, North-America, South-America, Asia, Australia… have in his work. He uses classic forms to address universal themes like the situation of the individual and the artist in society.