Easter is a few months away.
But that didn’t prevent the bunny family from jumping into town on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust inflated a large 50-foot animal with floppy ears and three small similar creatures as part of the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh event, which takes place Friday from 6 pm to midnight.
The largest rabbits are on 8th Avenue and Penn Avenue. The other three – 10 to 12 feet high are in the 133 7th St Trust Oasis.
“These rabbits glow, which makes the night beautiful,” said Sarah Aziz, director of festival management and first night for cultural trust. “The installation is friendly and capricious.”
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Workers remove the tarpaulin from the ground when the town’s largest four rabbits inflate on Thursday, December 30, 2021 as part of an art installation called “Intrude” in downtown Pittsburgh. The 50-foot rabbit is on the corner of 8th Avenue. Pen Avenue until January 28th.
Rabbits are part of an art installation called “invasion”. The largest are “mama” or “bunjira”, also known as “invasion XXL”.
Parlor Studios created them as an opportunity to juxtapose the fairytale-like innocence of rabbits and the great destruction and imbalances they are causing in Australia.
Inflation of the largest took about 40 minutes. It will be on display until January 28th, the day of the Cultural Trust’s Winter Gallery Crawl.
Rabbits contract every night and inflate again in the morning to protect them.
Wind can also damage them.
This is not the first time Pittsburgh has become the home of large inflatables. Steel City welcomed a 40-foot rubber duck on a river near Point State Park in 2013, welcoming a 92-foot-high Vincent van Gogh floating balloon in Shenley Park earlier this month.
According to Aziz, people will be able to approach, touch and take pictures of rabbits.
Art often has a deeper meaning, Aziz said. According to artist Amanda Parlor, in this installation, the visual humor of the work draws the audience into the artwork, revealing a more serious environmental message that underlies the work.
“For Australians, the rabbit is a symbol of cuteness and destruction that reminds us of our childhood,” Parer told cultural trust. “In’Invasion’, the rabbit is a metaphor for our mismanagement in nature. Immediately after the premiere of Intrude in Sydney, phones began to ring from all over the world. Which artwork backstory is outside Australia? I was a little nervous about how it would be received, but during the trip I realized that it provided a starting point for discussing more local environmental issues.
The parlor started by making rabbits out of digitally scanned clay. From 3D images, she created a 21-foot version made of parachute-like material. She consulted with lighting designers, engineers and technicians.
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They will make their Pittsburgh debut on the first night, Aziz said.
This year, 90% of first night activities and events take place outdoors, Aziz said. She said there is plenty of space, as the cultural district has 14 blocks.
For internal events, cultural confidence requires covid-19 vaccination and mask proof. A mask is also recommended for the contents. No food or drink is provided on site.
First Night includes entertainment including the Byron Nash Trio, the headliner for the high mark stage. In the evening, there are more than 30 attractions such as a giant doll parade, acrobats, ice sculpture and fire shows, acrobats, and of course fireworks.
Last year, a first night was held for a pandemic.
“We want everyone to come out and be safe here,” Aziz said. “It’s about celebrating the New Year in the community.”
Aziz said he saw the rabbit inflating and remembered being in New York when he blew up the balloons at the annual Thanksgiving parade.
The bunny has no name, Parlor said.
But she said that visitors often have their names.
“My favorite part was to see the public interact with them,” she said. “There were a lot of hugs and I even found a lipstick kiss mark!”
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