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Jason Leung likes taking photographs that tell a story.


Newport Beach Civic Center

And when he spotted this collection of rabbit statues on the grounds of Newport Beach’s new Civic Center, he was struck with a notion. “I wondered if there was a story the architects had in mind when they chose these sculptures,” says Leung, a Vancouver, Canada, shutterbug who was vacationing in Orange County.

He spent about 20 minutes photographing the installation, which stands in a garden area along Avocado Avenue. It’s the first of what city officials hope will be a series of public artworks dotting the 16-acre park and its walking trails (more than a mile of them). This particular work features 16 rabbits, including two stretching 8 feet high that are positioned in other areas of the center. The 14 here are just 4 feet tall so that children can climb on them-an intention not lost on Leung. “It looks as though a child has just discovered a magical place where giant rabbits live,” says Leung. “It feels like the beginning of a children’s story.”