Light Yards, a public art installation in Yards Park, debuted on Feb. 20th, and Victoria Pickering reported on the opening night. This past Saturday, it was time for phase two, as the organizers unveiled a group giant luminescent bunnies by artist Amanda Parer. “Luminescent bunnies,” you ask? A sign explained:
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 country’s endemic species. The rabbit also is an animal of contradiction.
They represent the fairy tale 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.
In addition to the adorable but alarming cottontails, Saturday night also featured jugglers, hula hoopers, a giant Lite-Brite board, and a performance by DJ Manifesto, among other attractions. Here’s a glimpse of the festivities.
All images © Miki Jourdan.
Light Yards runs through March 6th.