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Gigantic Bunnies Invade Texas Town

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A few gigantic, glowing bunnies measuring over two stories high, with one about 39 feet high and another 39 feet long, invaded downtown Houston, Texas this past week. The furry creatures we love to remember at Easter, and the enduring charm they bring to the hearts of young and old alike, can be seen through a larger than life exhibition by Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of global real estate corporation.

A four-city national tour of Intrude, a highly acclaimed public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer, as stated by its website, is making its way around the globe to not only bring joy into the hearts of many but it also carries a more serious and  important message about the artist native home of Australia.

The Tour

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Photo: Sonia Ramirez

The traveling installation of these artistic displays at their finest, is touring premier locations across four U.S. cites, which include New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and Denver. Their magic and omniscient presence has also been viewed around the world in places such as London, Perth, Paris, and Canada.

The Public art installation features seven monumental, illuminated rabbits, including the premiere of 2 exclusive supersized rabbits, states artsbrookfield.com. “Arts Brookfield’s goal of presenting art that is both creative and accessible on multiple levels is brought to life in Amanda Parer’s magnificent works,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield through their site.

The Bunnies


Photo: Sonia Ramirez

The towering presence of these creatures, scattered across the lush lawn at 1600 Smith street in downtown Houston, has had numerous visits throughout the week, even stopping traffic for those who want to take a quick photo of this beautiful artistry.

At night, they illuminate the sky and surrounding area with their lingering glow. You can even step inside the skyscraper at Smith and admire the larger than life bunny in the lobby waiting for all the hugs and selfies you can imagine. Each bunny is sewn in white nylon, inflated, and internally lit.

The Artist Behind the Work


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“Australian artist Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within it,” states artsbrookfield.com. While her work is visually stunning there is an important meaning behind the beauty. “While they often connote furry innocence frolicking through idyllic fields, rabbits are considered an invasive pest in the artist’s native Australia, where they have caused a great imbalance to the country’s natural and delicately balanced ecosystems since they were first introduced by white settlers in 1788,” mentions the website.

It is the artist hope that the public not only enjoy the visual playfulness of this artistic display, but look deeper into the meaning behind it and discover the impact actions have on the environment. Originally from Sydney, Parer now resides in Tasmania where her work has been acquired by both public and private collections, shares artsbrookfield.com



Photo: Sonia Ramirez

The display is free and open to the public to enjoy, but there are a few rules to keep in mind before visiting. There is no kicking, punching, or jumping into the bunnies. No food, drink, or smoking is permitted around the area. You can lightly touch and gently hug them. Mostly importantly you can take photos, selfies, and share them across social media for all to enjoy!

About Arts Brookfield


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Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world ­class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth, and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com for a complete schedule of events.