On Sunday the North Carolina Museum of Art is offering a day full of free fun in celebration of the museum’s park expansion. There is something for everyone at this event – opportunities to meet artists, a bike tour, a giant rabbit, culinary demonstrations. But what we are really excited to see is Amanda Parer’s Intrude.
Intrude is an installation of 10 inflatable and illuminated 23 ft high rabbits! While whimsical and reminiscent of fairy tale creatures, the work actually has a deeper meaning. From the artists’ website:
Rabbits in artist Amanda Parer’s native Australia are an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. First introduced by white settlers in 1788 they have caused a great imbalance to the countries endemic species. The rabbit also is an animal of contradiction.
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.
These adorable intruders have travelled all over the globe making their public art impact. They will be on display at the NCMA only through this Sunday – so don’t miss your chance to see them before they hop away!