Silas Kopf – "Bad Hare Day" at the Renwick

Arthur Dodge March 21, 2010

Bad Hare Day by Silas Kopf

Silas Kopf and Tom Coughlin building "Bad Hare Day" Photo courtesy

Silas Kopf’s fusion of form, function and concept grounds his characteristic wit and sense of irony in Bad Hare Day. This exquisitely crafted oval cabinet is the stage for an incongruous marquetry drama; a sleek red-coated fox is being chased by a trio of emboldened hares. This piece is both universal and distinctly American. It’s apt that the James Renwick Alliance acquisitions committee voted in May, 2008, to acquire it for a five-figure sum and gift it to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

“Bad Hare Day”

Link to archive of Furnitology’s interview with Silas Kopf at his studio. It gives you a glimpse into how the “Bad Hare Day” and “Who’s Afraid Now?” cabinets were built…

Video Marquetry Tutorial with Silas Kopf at his Studio