Aussie artist Amanda Parer’s 40-foot-tall inflatable bunnies have been traipsing across the world. The art instillation, Intrude, has begun a four-city nation wide tour, and the seven gargantuan rabbits are headed for H-Town.
“The reaction to Intrude has just been amazing and overwhelming, with over a million hits on social media so far,” says Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director Arts Brookfield U.S. And it’s no surprise why, especially since animals are among the most popular topics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
With a mission to “invigorate public spaces…[through] world-class works of art,” Arts Brookfield, an initiative of Brookfield Property Partners, has brought the bunnies to Sydney, Perth, New York, Houston, L.A. and Denver, to name a few (the last four being the tour-cities, respectively). “Those were the four [cities] where we had markets…that had the footprint we needed,” Simon adds. “We wanted something very large and very visible.”
They also wanted a town that could be a temporary home for the seven large bunnies, which, was no easy feat. Unlike Houston, which is the only metro where you can see all seven in one area, New York, Denver and L.A. required some of the fluffle to be separated.
Simon states Arts Brookfield goal is to allow “people to discover for themselves the beautiful green spaces,” leading Intrude to become a win-win on many different levels.
Although the downtown greenery is a focal point, the bunnies offer many indulgences from their fanciful inflation, which is on display every morning starting around 10:45, to their luminesce after sunset.
Even better, you can actually touch them—yes, you can touch art for once. “They’re certainly not just for kids; they’re for everyone, ” Simon says. “They make everyone smile."
Yet, most shockingly, the bunnies represent something far from whimsical. The artist who is an Australian native has seen the devastation these typically endearing creatures can cause. Since their introduction to the continent in they 18th century, they’ve run rampant and nearly dismantled Australia’s ecosystem, destroying crops. “We want people to have a wonderful, whimsical interaction with a bunny,” Simon says, “but sort of understand that there are environmental impacts once you dig past the surface.”
The Brooksfield Property Partners’, aside from being the second-largest property owner in Houston, created and maintains Art’s Brookfield as a way to “give back to the community.” With four different locations throughout downtown, the looming towers offer, at any given moment, different exhibits and installations. Intrude, being the latest and the largest, it’s seen. “We always like to present things that not only are interesting, to look at and listen to…but to think about,” Simon says. “I encourage more people to find our more about what we do.”
Through May 14 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free. 1600 Smith Street. Artsbrookfield.com