Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bunny at Brookfield Place

Amanda Parer's inflatable white rabbit looks into Allan Lambert Galleria from the Garden Square beside the TD Canada Trust Tower in Toronto. He looks late, late for a very important date.
The public art installation at Brookfield Place (Bay and Yonge Streets at Front Street) is called Intrude and has been seen in 19 major cities around the world. The current tour of North America includes the Toronto visit from March 14 to 23, 2016.

It is a perfect time to visit as Easter Weekend is coming up and he can help deliver chocolate eggs to all the good little girls and boys, after he checks his list once and twice. The bunny sculpture is quite large and illuminated in white light and has been a winner of several art competitions. "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."
Australian native Amanda Parer now lives in Tasmania but she notes that rabbits have become a massive pest that causes extreme damage to the natural environment, resisting attempts at controlling the population - you know how those bunnies are?

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