Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC 3004
Time7.00pm – 7.00am
Some very large, inflatable white rabbits have been invading festivals, museums and public spaces around the world, and in 2017 these bumper bunnies will be hopping into White Night Melbourne for the first time!
Illuminated in stark white light, five leviathan lagomorphs will take over Alexandra Gardens for the night. Intrude is a luminous, humorous installation, but don’t be fooled: while the adorable whoppers may look like the fairytale animals from our childhood, a furry innocence frolicking in idyllic fields, their cuteness is a facade for a more serious environmental message. Like their real-life counterparts, these huge hares are intruders, their jumbo size referencing ‘the elephant in the room’: the ecological disaster wrought by feral invaders that is vast but easily ignored.
They’re also a metaphor for us. Just like humans, Intrude’s bigwig behemoths are a global phenomenon: from Vivid Sydney and Hobart’s Dark MOFO to the Istanbul Light Festival and South Korea’s Starfield Hanam, via Europe, the UK and the USA, the colossal bouncers have taken, and won, over the world.
Image courtesy of the artist
Tasmania-based artist Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore, with dark humour and drama, the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. Utlilising sculpture, painting and public installations, she creates startlingly beautiful creatures that are enlarged and ‘frozen’ within their given landscapes.