In Henry Koster’s 1950 film Harvey, Jimmy Stewart’s character Elwood P. Dowd is the only one who can see Harvey, the large, white (apparently invisible) rabbit he chums around with.
Fortunately for artist Amanda Parer, there have been many thousands of people worldwide who can see the large, white rabbits on display in her art installation called “Intrude”.
The 7-metre tall inflated and illuminated rabbits are in Toronto’s Brookfield Place until March 23 before heading to San Francisco and then four other Brookfield Place sites in New York City, Houston, Los Angeles, and Denver.
According to the artist’s website, the rabbit has been “an animal of contradiction” in her native Australia ever since it was introduced by white settlers in the late-1700s.
“They represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields…” but they also represent “…an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication.”
The size of Parer’s rabbits are meant to evoke “the elephant in the room” regarding the rabbit issue down-under; a big problem that is easily ignored.