There was music, laughter, sadness, nostalgia, and heavy machinery — all the makings of a successful funeral at Haight and Laguna last night.
Yes, throngs of neighbors and art lovers alike gathered at the corner to watch the destruction of Jeremy Fish's "Silly Pink Bunny" statue. The festivities kicked off just before 6pm, as singer/guitarist Matt Molina entertained the crowd.
"20 years ago I lived like 2 blocks from here, and my roommate and I used to walk by here every day. I always thought it looked like something was supposed to be here, like a bench or a fountain or something. So I made this funny thing and stuck it here."Fish thanked the friends who helped him sculpt the bunny, and Wood Partners and Haight Street Art Center for their help with the bronze statue project.
"You can't imagine how crazy that is. I made this thing with a bunch of my friends out of pocket for the hell of it to stick here for a year, and three years later the neighborhood's gotten behind it, people really love it, and the fact that I'm gonna get to make a 10-foot-tall bronze statue is beyond my wildest dreams."He also thanked the culprits who stole the bunny earlier this month.
"I'd really like to thank the people who stole slash liberated the statue last week. Johnny Davis and the people from Emperor Norton's Boozeland are a great bunch of people. Support that bar, support those dudes. They love San Francisco history, and they only stole this thing to protect it. Unfortunately for them, my vision was to see this thing destroyed, and so, we're gonna wreck it."Fish then thanked the residents of the neighborhood.
"I know that if I was in my house, and one day this weird pink thing showed up on my doorstep, I don't know that I'd necessarily be thrilled about it. And I would really like to thank all of the residents of the Lower Haight for their support of this statue, and dealing with having it in their front yard for the past few years."The crowd, which by this point had swelled to several hundred, cheered and applauded throughout Fish's speech. @punkboyinsf for the tip!
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