Bunny with a Toolbelt’s Window of Wonders is a gallery you enter with your eyes and leave with your mind blown.
Illuminated from dawn to midnight, hundreds of tiny critters fill the classic Portland storefront, artfully displayed in a window-oriented landscape. Everything in this tiny street’s-eye-view space is made from reclaimed wood.
Each week a tiny sign challenges visitors to find six(ish) mysterious things placed anywhere in the space, so there’s always something new to discover. WHAT MIGHT YOU SEE AT THIS WINDOW OF WONDERS??? Rainbow-horned unicorns, crows balancing fruits, picketing santa clauses, electric guitar-playing egrets, sushiphants, lovebirds perched on topiary, foxes who recycle, penguins who love penguins, jin chan the lucky frog, culinary kitties, dogs lifting a leg, blue sky giraffes, dizzy chickens, smiling gators, daisy-wielding rabbits, game-loving newts, sporty bigfoot, rabbis who love challah, uppity witches, extra long dachshunds, and more!
The work you see is all made by artist Hilary Pfeifer, who also creates installations and public art in the region. She has been using the pseudonym Bunny with a Toolbelt since the 1990’s when she was fond of making random public appearances in a bunny suit made from an antique chenille bedspread. It became the perfect business name to embody her love of working with a wide variety of found and conventional art materials. Nowadays, she typically sports some stylish handmade felt bunny ears and will probably give you a souvenir button if she's there when you visit.
Pfeifer has written six children’s books and created a deck of playing cards, and many of those original characters are on display in the Window of Wonders. She has also made an animation of each book, which you can view for free online.
Know before you go:
The Window of Wonders is located in the heart of Portland's Alberta Arts District, where there are many other galleries, as well as many other amazing places to eat, drink and acquire cool things. The window is constantly evolving, based on items sold online and new items created by the artist and snuck in during the wee hours of the day. Pfeifer’s studio is located a few blocks from the Window of Wonders, and she opens it to the public for two weekends in October.