If you live in Seattle you have probably seen or heard about the unusual design of the newly built Ballard library, its literally green architecture crowned with a softly sloping grass-covered roof. On sunny days, this roof is a golden meadow replete with bees and even butterflies. When I’m feeling whimsical, I embellish the scene with rabbits–two or three of them. In my mind, they bound joyfully through the tall grass, nibbling the foliage and sunning themselves high above the cares of the terrestrial world.
It is probably just as well that the library confines its rabbits to the pages of books and to TV screens. Real rabbits are as tricksy as they are cute, just as Peter Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, and other famous literary lagomorphs suggest. A real rabbit on the Ballard library roof would probably nibble phone lines as well as grass stems, sending little showers of dirt over the eaves to pepper the heads of confused passers by. As amusing as this might be, it would wreak havoc upon the architecture.
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