March 2006

CommentaryWTEIKC | 29 Mar 2006 10:04 pm

Each year, Eastertide in KC brings with it my disappointment that Plaza management has not seen fit to do away with the yearly tradition of dragging out those giant animal statues. For you out-of-towners, I am talking about what many refer to as the ‘Evil Bunny’The Gatekeepers and his friends, who are displayed on various street corners ‘round the Country Club Plaza about a month before and after Easter. These monstrosities stand 4-6′ tall and have eyes that glow demonically at night (at least in years past the eye-lights were turned on). In every measurable sense, these overgrown pieces of Truman-era kitsch are anything but cute. I have no idea what children think of them, but I have yet to meet an adult who doesn’t look away in disgust (and groan) upon seeing them. Don’t get me wrong, there is much about the Plaza I like. But this one element is beyond me.

How in the world do these statues make the Plaza appear inviting or reflect the spirit of a festive liturgical season? (Or are they the Lenten Bunny and his band of malcontents meant to frighten us into repentance?) What must visitors to our city think when they arrive to do some shopping or take lunch or dinner?

Instead of “Duhhhh, hello, I’m the jolly Easter Bunny!” I can only imagine Mr. Rabbit saying “Abandon all hope, ye who enter the Plaza, and enjoy a latte while you’re here!” were he able to talk. (That’s not next, is it?)

Fang, the Demented Hillbilly TurtleIt was bad enough when the traveling hokey-lawn-art show of cow statues littered the sidewalks of this former stockyard town a few years back (yeah, no irony there…). But if 5′ tall mockups of any lower life form are underappreciated by Kansas Citians, perhaps the Menacing Easter Menagerie should tour the country and seek greater acceptance elsewhere.

Anyway, were I to see one in front of a prospective dinner spot, I’d probably keep driving.

Thanks to A. for the photos!

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Frenchcomments | 21 Mar 2006 08:49 pm

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