Whether it's a sculpture of a rabbit or a statue of Ronald Reagan, he believes iconic features are placed in parks so people will remember them.
Because of its sheer size the Newport Beach Civic Center's 16-acre park won't be easy to forget.
But landscape architect Peter Walker, of Peter Walker Partners, wants to leave visitors with something else.
Walker, who will give a presentation at the Central Library on Tuesday, envisions marquee elements that will capture the attention of adults and children. His career of more than 50 years has been distinguished by awards for parks, sculpture gardens and building landscape designs.
"It's those features, often, that give a park more character than just grass and trees," he said.
Walker's firm designed a sculpture garden out of big rabbits — two 8-foot rabbits that would be forged in white concrete in the central park and near the library — and a ring of small rabbits near a meadow. He expects children to climb on the smaller rabbits.