The Silly Pink Bunny, an experimental sculpture by artist Jeremy Fish, is an object of both love and terror. If the Misfits had written a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Silly Pink Bunny would have been their Jack Skellington. The statue, which sits at at the corner of Haight and Laguna, has been terrifying and delighting passersby since 2011, when it was constructed by Fish to accompany his mural featuring a similar lagomorphic vibe. But The Silly Pink Bunny is to be torn down to make way for the LGBT Housing Project, a facility for seniors. Before it came down (with the help of a few blotters of acid from up the hill) we scored an exclusive interview with the sculpture. It was so exclusive, it probably looked like we were talking to ourselves.
Your creator, Jeremy Fish, has gleefully said he’s looking forward to watching you get smashed with a wrecking ball. How does that make your warm, fuzzy heart feel?
Look, I get it. I terrify small children and dogs. But I didn’t ask to be carved this way. You can’t choose your parents or your sculptor: the Burghers of Calais got Rodin, I got Fish. The Thinker gets to be in the Legion of Honor: I’m relegated to the grungy Lower Haight, and now I’m being torn down. You make the most of it, you learn to love yourself. Could be worse. I could have been made by the guy who did that spider down on Embarcadero a few years.
So, what are you exactly? I hope you're not offended by that: are you a bunny with a skull in its mouth, or a skull wearing a bunny costume?
I’ll answer your question with another question: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
We’ve all heard rumors that you grow legs and walk around at night. Where do you go?
I feel at home at Noc Noc, where everything looks like Dr. Seuss drew the Island of Misfit Toys.
You’ve been up there for two years. Are you being forced out due to rising property values? Do you want rent control?
I used to think that way too, man. But I just read this great article in a local magazine about how landlords are people too.
This city loves to grant legal protections to historical artwork. Look at the murals in Coit Tower. Should we call the preservationists for you?
No thanks. I’ll live on in your nightmares, and that’s good enough for me.
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