The Drummer, 1989-1990
Barry Flanagan (1941-2009)
City of Beverly Hills Purchase with help from the Glaser Foundation
Flanagan was struck, above all, by the historical-cultural associations between this creature and life itself: for the Egyptians the hare represented life. In Chinese mythology the hare is the sole inhabitant of the moon and the symbol of immortality. This image of the hare has come to stand as surrogate for human existence and our relations to the animal world.
Fun Fact: Flanagan's work is held in public collections worldwide including MoMA New York, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Tate in London.