Los Altos Bears and Cupertino Bunnies
In 2021 the city of Los Altos was treated to a parade of colorful bears, through the efforts of Los Altos Rotary Club. This was a fundraiser which was also developed to bring visitors back into the little downtown of Los Altos following a year of ‘hibernation’ from the COVID-19 lockdown. I developed and painted/sculpted three bears for the occasion. One of them, named Cupcake, generated a bidding war which delighted everyone, including me. These little fellas were hard work but they were so much fun, I hope to do more projects like this in the future.
Two years later, the city of Cupertino decided to do a similar fundraiser using Bunnies! A hotel sponsor, Cupertino Hotel, requested to sponsor my work, and I created Hop Along, the Traveling Bunny. The sponsor was so excited about what i was doing that he actually purchased the bunny, which is in front of the Cupertino Hotel on DeAnza Bl. near the freeway. Hop Along has a little red suitcase, a bag with carrot snacks, a Rick Steves guide, and a shirt made using tiny vintage travel posters. He carries a selfie stick, and we can see what he’s capturing as a selfie — he’s in Paris France. All fun, and all a great way to raise funds for worthy causes.