For centuries, hares have featured in Scottish and Celtic folklore as a creature with supernatural powers and links to the Otherworld. Often depicted as the ‘shapeshifter’, legends tell of the hare transforming into the human form; the Celtic story of Oisin and the hare being the most famous.

Inspired by these legends the Shapeshifter hare is covered in shards of mirror, which is often considered a portal to the Otherworld. When viewed the sculpture reflects back not a hare, but the form of the human viewing it, effectively shape-shifting right before your eyes.

Playground is a young multidisciplinary design studio based in Manchester. Key to their work is a strong narrative, bold use of colour, and most importantly a sense of playfulness. Their work ranges from architecture and interiors to installations and public art, community workshops and everything in-between. With each new project they like to engage with a different design discipline, sharing knowledge and skills and collaborating along the way. Each project they undertake is uniquely tailored to the client, site and its history – aiming to create an engaging and memorable experience for all those that interact with it.

Buy a hare at Auction!

The Big Hop Trail sees hare sculptures designed and created by some of the country’s most talented artists. After the event, the large hare sculptures will be sold at a charitable auction, with the net proceeds raised for Clan Cancer Support.

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