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"Thunderbunny" was only meant to be on loan to the city -- but now, the towering blue bunny will be a permanent fixture in the Island City.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Wilton Manors Holds Ceremony to Welcome 'Thunderbunny' to The Drive

By John Hayden

He’s big, blue, and the perfect symbol of Wilton Manors’ commitment to public art. "Thunderbunny," the art installation in Justin Flippen Park, is here to stay. On Jan. 25, the city officially held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome "Thunderbunny" to Wilton Drive.

“The community of Wilton Manors made this happen,” artist Hunt Slonem said after the ceremony. “I’m for art being in public places where it’s seen. It shouldn’t be in just art fairs or private collections.”

"Thunderbunny" was installed last year and was originally on loan to the city. Its popularity, height, and quirkiness made it an instant hit with residents and viewers.

“We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to this public art installation,” Mayor Scott Newton said. “Our residents and visitors love to stop and take pictures of 'Thunderbunny' and share it with others, which is what public art is all about. 'Thunderbunny' is bright, colorful, and stands out, just like our Island City.”

The blue, 13-foot, glass mosaic bunny rises from ground level and appears to be keeping an eye on the shenanigans of Wilton Drive. It’s the latest of many public art displays in the city.

Slonem has created rabbit-based art for years. It is his sign in the Chinese zodiac, and he paints about eight hours a day. At one point, he decided he wanted to make three-dimensional versions.

“The rabbit has so much connected to it from 'Alice in Wonderland' and other great literary references,” Slonem said.


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Weekly Events

TODAY: The Groove Session With Lenora Jaye

Enjoy a night of live vocals with Lenora Jaye at Georgie's Alibi.

WED: Soulful Sounds

The Acute Inflections duo is reminiscent of Lucy and Ricky as they perform soulful tunes, everything from Erykah Badu to Billie Holiday, at the Gateway Theatre.

THURS: Reiki Circle

The Pride Center hosts a Reiki circle, bringing together the community to receive receive healing energy from Reiki masters and practitioners.

FRI: Soul Fest

Oakland Park celebrates Black History Month with the family-friendly Soul Fest with live music, food trucks, and a children's activity area.

SAT: Community Sing-Along

The sing-along was so popular the first time, the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida and the Bears of South Florida is bringing it back to Hunters Nightclub.

SUN: "Which Way to the Stage"

It's closing night for this play at Island City Stage, where two Broadway-obsessed friends' relationship is at odds when a sex stranger enters the scene.

Job Opportunities

Store Clerk -- Wilton Manors

Goodwill is hiring a store clerk who is responsible for maintaining cleanliness of sales floor, receiving incoming donations and issuing receipts, greet and assist donors/customers. Cashier duties include ringing up all sales transactions, operating cash register, greeting and assisting customers/donors.

Master Pizza Maker -- Wilton Manors

Bona Italian Restaurant is hiring a master pizza maker to stock and manage assigned station and ensure quality of food served, be resourceful, clean and show organized working habits with attention to detail, and carry out other duties assigned by the manager on duty or chef.

Mike's Deal

Smokey Bones is turning 25! To celebrate, the restaurant is turning its prices back to its grand opening deals from 1999.

For a limited time enjoy a half rack of ribs and two sides for just $9.99 or a full rack of ribs with two sides for just $14.99.

Take advantage of these deals while you can.


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