“I’m not interested in oversized inflatable rabbits,” I said… never.
When I heard about Intrude, Amanda Parer’s public art installation at Brookfield Place, I hopped on over as soon as I could (sorry, had to do it!). The Australian artist first debuted her work at the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney (where she’s originally from) and the display has since traveled the world, making its way from London to Sweden to Turkey. While the large rabbit sculptures — made of nylon, inflated and internally lit — may come off as whimsical over-the-top Easter decorations, like most good art, it actually carries greater significance.
Amanda Parer has long placed nature at the center stage of her work, using it as a mouthpiece to address environmental issues that plague our planet. In the case of Intrude, rabbits were chosen to highlight the issue Australia is having with overpopulation of the animal, which has ravaged the country’s ecology. The critters kill plants, leading to species loss as well as erosion from leaving the topsoil exposed. The gargantuan size of the sculptures — as high as 39 feet tall — is meant to represent the scale of the problem.
The five original sculptures are on display inside Brookfield Place as well as on its Waterfront Plaza, but two additional rabbits were commissioned by Arts Brookfield for its four-city tour, which kicks off here in New York and continues to Houston, Los Angeles and Denver. Intrude is free to attend and will be on display through April 30.
Special thanks to our Instagram buddy istillheartnewyork who tipped us off about getting there early, so we managed to capture video of one of the rabbits being inflated:
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Binge eating at Hudson Eats
Hudson Eats is Brookfield Place’s food court on steroids bringing together such powerhouses as Blue Ribbon Sushi, Black Seed Bagels, Dos Toros and Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue in one modern space with a view to kill. There are regular tables as well as communal bar tables to accommodate groups of all sizes (and tastes). Black Seed Bagels, known for their hand-rolled bagels that are boiled in honey water for a touch of sweetness, offers a fine selection of bagel sandwiches. Skinny Pizza is a Long Island-based chain specializing in a healthy pizza experience featuring cracker-thin crusts with no preservatives or additives, organic tomato sauce and antibiotic- and hormone-free toppings. Top it all off with a cupcake from Sprinkles, which is now offering a gluten-free option.
Visit Brookfield Place’s food directory for the individual hours of each vendor.