This bright and bold sculpture is called Phoenix , the fire hare: For many cultures both the phoenix and the hare are sacred animals that represent good fortune, strength and harmony. Inspired by cartoons, sci-fi, pop-surreal art and folklore, artist Marta Zubieta says, “My Phoenix Hare is an amulet for the city of Luton and its art scene, a guardian animal of its a multicultural and prolific creative scene”.

Created by: Marta Zubieta

Kindly sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire – a public research university with campuses in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.


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The Short Tail Trail is being brought to Luton by Keech Hospice Care. The unique, colourful and energetic sculptures will take centre stage at a glittering auction on Thursday 3 October 2024 to raise vital funds so Keech Hospice Care can continue caring for children, adults and their loved ones with life-limiting illnesses.

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