No, this isn’t an obscure dream or the side effect of taking one too many ibuprofen. Giant glowing bunnies are indeed taking over Battery Park City. A little late for Easter, they will be hopping over to Brookfield Place thanks to Australian artist Amanda Parer. These bunnies aren’t your average house pet, they are sewn from white nylon and internally lit, standing over two stories in height and 39 feet long.
Although whimsical, this artwork—titled “Intrude“—holds the deeper meaning that our environment is fragile. Parer’s home country finds rabbits a burden, as their population exploded in Australia after they were brought over by European colonists in 1788, causing problems in their ecosystem.
This animal represents contradiction: furry idyllic innocence planted in a field of grass vs. the ‘elephant in the room’ of the often ignored problems regarding environmental impact.
Sharing with Boston Magazine, she said, “In my work, I really like extremes—I like to capture darkness and light and human mysteriousness. People see the work and initially see the rabbits as cute. Then they approach the work and might feel a little bit of fear because they’re so big and giant… I wanted them to look like they’ve just hopped into—or intruded into—the space.”
Check them out from April 17 to April 30 at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street.