Giant rabbit statues ring in San Francisco’s Lunar New Year, “Year of the Rabbit.”
Check out all the rabbit statues that were just installed around San Francisco to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year’s zodiac year of the rabbit—and these intricately designed rabbit monuments now grace parks, markets, and museums.
the COVID-19 has canceled the 2021 Chinese New Year Parade San Francisco deserted a surprising invention that’s now a permanent tradition—statues of the Lunar New Year’s zodiac are placed all over the city. distance Bulls 2021 and the Tigers 2022the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco once again commissioned several artists for a multi-installation public art show in the Lunar New Year, spanning San Francisco, this year ring in general rabbit.
The project is called Rabbit in procession, and the map above showing where each of these rabbits were found, as well as more information about the artists and symbolic background of each rabbit. This is part of the preparation for Chinese New Year Festival and Parade (Feb. 4), which you can follow FacebookAnd InstagramAnd Twitter for updates.
“Although the Zodiac Animals on Parade project began as a response to the lockdown in 2020, it has quickly become a new SF tradition that many look forward to.” men’s parade Owner and Creative Director of Rabbit on Parade Stephanie Mofson tells SFist. (Below is Mufson’s bunny.) “The program is a great opportunity for local artists to share their work publicly, and it also provides an opportunity for San Francisco locals and visitors to explore the city and discover unique artwork.”
So went SFist hunting wabbits…and we have pictures and the location of each bunny figurine below.
Watery watery rabbit by Stephanie Mofson
Chinatown Roseback Station (943 Stockton Street)
Maybe the new Chinatown Central MRT Station really is Most Instagrammable Muni Light Rail Stations in the city. Now he has another photo-worthy cuteness in this big bunny with aqua blue eyes, jade eyes and pink lotus flowers.
“The ‘Auspicious Waters’ bunny was designed to bring feelings of peace, calm, and positivity to the local community,” artist Stephanie Mofson told SFist. (I’ve seen Mufson’s work designing Chinese New Year parade floats many years back.)
You don’t need to pay mony fare to see this rabbit. It is located in the lobby area of Chinatown-Rose Pak Station, which is a publicly accessible area that is not located behind the fare gate.
Prosperity in the year of the Rabbit by Stephanie Tao
Museum of Asian Art (200 Larkin Street)
Leaping to your attention in front of the Museum of Asian Art, this golden rabbit is rich in symbols such as Chinese coins, butterflies, flowers, and Mandarin characters described as “Chinese wishes of happiness.”
And this bunny has a front row seat to confront the daily corruption at San Francisco City Hall!
Peace be upon the house rabbit by Robin (Davey) Chow
Union Square (333 Post Street)
The cherry blossoms arrive a little earlier this year, thanks to a Union Square bunny also released with blue clouds, Chinese coins, and plum blossoms.
“The ‘Peace Home’ bunny was painted with lots of love,” artist Robin (Davy) Chow said in a statement to SFist. “It’s meant to bring peace and happiness to every family.”
Brave rabbit By YIYANG (VITO) DENG
Chase Center (Warriors One Road)
The Golden State Warriors’ color scheme, and some love for the Bay Bridge, make this bunny a great fit as this year’s Lunar News Year statues at the Chase Center in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
You’ll also notice some text on the back. According to a Artist Manifesto Online“Fai Chun read on the rabbit’s back, from left to right, 動如脫兔 – Move like a fast rabbit (wish someone well) and 恭贺新春 – way of saying Happy New Year.”
Again, you don’t have to pay the Chase Center entrance fee to see this rabbit. The statue is outside Chase Center, in that little outer village they call Thrive City, and no entry is required.
Manmansik Lord by ALLI LOWE
Lucky Supermarket (1515 Slot Blvd.)
Lucky Supermarket on Sloat Boulevard in Lakeshore has always done a great grocery store show around the Chinese zodiac for the Lunar New Year, and they did it again this year. This bunny is the theme of food and feast, with fortune cookies and mooncakes on display.
And Lucky put a whole bunch of oranges around the orange slices drawn on this bunny!
As was the case last year, the rabbits will be auctioned off when their public viewing period ends on February 5, and the proceeds will benefit the non-profit community. These include nonprofits this year Jommoon Ladies DormitoryAnd Manilatown Heritage FoundationAnd RAMS, Inc.And Chinese Community Mental Health Association.
Related: Life-size bull statues arrive all over the city to celebrate the Lunar New Year [SFist]
Images: Joe Kokura, SFist