Photo by Darwin Bell.
Like a scene out of Watership Down, the giant bunnies arrived at San Francisco City Hall today. It's all part of Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer’s inflatable "public light installation" Intrude.
Each of the five bunny pieces is made from nylon (waterproof and fireproof). Internal air jets will keep them filled throughout their stat. And best of all, the little wabbits will be illuminated via LED lights after dusk.
While the rabbits are ostensibly adorable — "we're excited to host Intrude, which will bring a whimsical delight to Civic Center Plaza," says Recreation & Parks general manager Phil Ginsburg — they are also meant to signify something more important, according to the artist. To wit:
They represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and a strong visual humour, to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work. They are huge, the size referencing "the elephant in the room", the problem, like our environmental impact, big but easily ignored.
The artist goes on to point out that "[r]abbits are out of control, leaving a trail of destruction wherever they go. They are the most destructive of all the feral animals we have introduced."
Food for thought. That said, time to look at the cute bunnies!
A dedication ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 9 a.m. on the Polk Street steps of City Hall next to Civic Center Plaza. Catch them before they leave on April 25.