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Q & A with Gary Koeppel, artist decorating fiberglass rabbit sculpture

Posted by Natalie Feulner  April 18, 2012 10:00 AM

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Gary Koeppel stands with his newest art piece -- a fiberglass rabbit he will be painting as part of the Dedham Art Project. Courtesy of Gary Koeppel.

Gary Koeppel is one of the four most recent artists chosen to paint a 4-foot-tall fiberglass rabbit for the Dedham Art Project, a program of Dedham Shines. The group will install the sculptures around town this summer and hopes to auction them off in fall to raise money for Dedham Shines and the new Mother Brook Arts and Community Center.

Who are you, and how would you describe your art?

Koeppel: My name is Gary Koeppel and my studio is in my home in Roslindale. I have been interested in oil landscape painting for over 35 years. My work is realistic, painterly, with a focus on composition, color, and strong contrasts of light and shadow. I am inspired by locations locally and from other parts of the world in my travels.

Why were you interested in participating in the Dedham Art Project?

Koeppel: This was a wonderful opportunity for me to take part in Dedham's celebration and a chance to get my work in front of the public.

What was your inspiration for the rabbit sculpture you are working on?

Koeppel: My design has a bit of a visual pun with the illusion of scale and an ambiguity
as to just how big that rabbit really is.

What do you think public art brings to the community?

Koeppel: I think public art is a wonderful opportunity to add beauty to our neighborhoods and gives the public an awareness of the creative talents of artists in their community that they may not normally have a chance to see. It's a win-win situation.

How does this project compare to others you have worked on?

Koeppel: I've worked on two utility box projects with the city of Boston which were done on Center Street in West Roxbury. It's really fun to be putting a design to a bunny instead of a box, and since most of my landscapes are on a flat surface it's a new challenge.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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