But in Tiergärtnertorplatz, the public square, there is a parody of the Young Hare, a huge bronze sculpture by Jurgen Goertze. Our guide said Goertze was disgruntled by the fact that Durer’s perfect watercolor (and bodycolor, whatever that is) of a rabbit rendered all attempts by any other artist to draw a rabbit superfluous and inferior.
One website describes the subject as a “slaughtered hare.” Another calls this statue “nightmarish” and one of the 14 examples of the “world’s ugliest public art”: “This dazed or possibly dead rabbit seems unaware of the swarm of mice that shares its busted-up crate. Positioned outside of Albert Dürer’s house in Nuremberg, the nightmarish sculpture by Jürgen Goertz is a satiric take on a much more pleasingly proportioned bunny—the one immortalized in Dürer’s watercolor Der Feldhase.” (Another website says it “
And here, because we’re being thematic, is a rabbit in Belgrade. It was hopping down a main street, with a benign balding and bearded man following it as a distance. Our guide said he and it are a familiar sight to locals and while we watched, two delighted women sat on a bench and let the man lift the bunny into their laps so they could pat and exclaim over it before the two continued their walk–er, hop–er, walk.