Invasion of the Giant Bunnies!

Amanda Parer’s “Intrude” at San Francisco Civic Center

I like Giants. I like bunnies. And I like things that glow in the dark. So when giant, glow-in-the-dark bunnies hopped onto the scene at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, all my Christmases had come at once! A trip across the bay was in order.

These five 23-foot-tall inflated nylon bunnies were part of a large-scale public art installation, Intrude, by Tanzanian artist, Amanda Parer.

Despite their cutesy image, Parer refers to bunnies as “animals of contradiction”. They’re still an invasive pest in her native Australia more than 200 years after being introduced by white settlers (no doubt ancestors of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog). Intrude is a social commentary on how humans can change and dominate the environment.

I thought Parer really captured their “bunny” essence, and started wishing I’d brought along some giant, glow-in-the-dark carrots.

These bunnies are now off on a national tour of the U.S. Check Parer’s site to see if they’ll be coming to a warren near you!


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