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Commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Intrude will bring 5 two-story and 2 four-story “XL” rabbits to the Hudson River waterfront at Brookfield Place. The robust rabbits are made out of nylon and will be lit from within using LED strips.

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Though they may look cute and cuddly, rabbits are considered to be an environmental pest in Parer’s native Australia due to the path of destruction they wrought after being introduced to the country in 1788. Intrude seeks to inspire the public to be more thoughtful about how we label non-native species as invasive but often sidestep the most invasive and destructive animals of all – humans.

“[Rabbits] represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields,” writes Parer on her website. “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.”

Parer’s installation has already traveled to 19 cities including London, Perth, Paris and Boston, and will continue on to Houston, Los Angeles, Denver and Portugal after its stop in NYC.

Intrude will open to the public on Sunday, April 17.

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