Cottontail on the Trail in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Although its official name may be Cottontail on the Trail, this 1,500-pound bronze sculpture is often referred to affectionately as the “Minnehaha Bunny. It resides just south of the creek of the same name which runs west to east through some of the toniest neighborhoods of south Minneapolis, and parallel to a popular bike path. 

Did artist Jeff Barber of Cannon Falls, Minnesota ever imagine that his sculpture would become a seasonal icon, thanks to decorations bestowed upon the giant bronze rabbit by its local fans? Since its installation in 2002, the rabbit has picked up all sorts of unexpected accessories. You might happen upon it, as in this photo, ready to greet St. Nicolas at Christmas, or covered in Easter eggs, or fall harvest finery, or other festive surprises.

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