Giant glowing rabbits will take over The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE) this weekend.
The bunnies will join Light Yards, a two-week art installation that began at the park last weekend. When the monstrous mammals arrive on Saturday, visitors can bask in their glow between 3 and 6 p.m. every day through March 6. The exhibit will also include an oversized Lite-Brite and other kid-friendly activities.
The glowing rabbits stand roughly 23 feet tall and are the work of artist Amanda Parer. Why rabbits? On her website, Parer says that in her native Australia, rabbits are an “out-of-control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication.”
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 humor, 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.