“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
Perhaps it was this ageless wisdom that inspired Sergei Gapanovich, Petrozavodsk, Russia businessman, to remove graffiti on a rock face next to the road… with multiple rabbit sculptures.
The “Rabbit Valley” project has now received attention by media from all over Russia, and when our YouTube channel team was visiting the capital city of Russia’s Republic of Karelia, I knew we needed to visit Sergey and try our hand at the art of stone-rabbit sculpting.
Why rabbits? “When I was six years old, I became lost in the forest,” recounts Sergei, “and as I lay shivering in the cold, some rabbits came and kept me warm throughout the night, and in the morning led me home.”
Never one to let the facts get in the way of a good story, Sergey also doesn’t seem to let his successful business ventures in Petrozavodsk get in the way of his passion of stone-carving.
He is currently working on a giant rock bench on a Karelian island, and plans to take on even more difficult stone-sculpting projects. At the moment of this publication, Sergey has sculpted 400 rabbits, which means there are only 600 rabbits to go.
Have you ever dreamed of having a certificate of your own personal rabbit sculpture from the Republic of Karelia. It’s possible, by visiting the Rabbit Valley web-site. You can choose the type of rabbit that you love the most and will get a certificate of ownership. Dreams can come true. And with just a flew clicks of a mouse, you can have your own stone rabbit.
Because “only in Russia” is only possible because of people just like Sergey.
Check out our video of the project and more from the city of Petrozavodsk: