Amanda Parer’s Giant Inflatable Rabbits Invade Public Spaces Around the World
The white fabric appears opaque during the day as it reflects sunlight.
After dark, the creatures take on a different dimension: they are illuminated from within and reduce surrounding humans into diminutive silhouettes.
Parer grew up in Australia, where rabbits are a non-native species and are considered a serious pest as opposed to a domestic pet; since being introduced by settlers in the late 18th century, their overpopulation has caused substantial ecological destruction.
Parer describes the further cultural contradictions:
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.
Intrude, which Parer has created in a variety of sizes ranging from Small to XXL, has been exhibited at museums around the world, as well as installed at several music festivals.
She encourages viewers to engage with the works, describing her smallest rabbits as “very huggable.”