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Tasmanian festival is invaded by rabbits the size of houses

This month Launceston, Tasmania, is playing host to the Junction Arts Festival, a series of ‘unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.’ From music to installations, Junction is an energy-packed festival that combines joy with interactive performances to show that art needn’t be limited to gallery spaces.

A one-minute birthday party and a bicycle-powered karaoke machine are just some of the fantastically absurd spectacles to be witnessed, but our personal favourite is the giant inflatable bunnies of Amanda Parer.

The Australian artist created these huge white rabbits that stand over seven metres tall as a dual response to the overriding presence of rabbits in fairytales as well as their detrimental impact on the eco system of her country.

‘These animals first travelled to Australia on the ships of the First Fleet and were brought ashore in cages in January 1788. These adaptable creatures quickly made themselves at home and eventually spread to almost every corner of the land. Intrude represents the fairy-tale animals of our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields, while revealing their more serious and large-scale effect on the environment.’

Intrude, as the bunnies are collectively known, will make their way through the various main areas of the festival, surprising and intriguing onlookers wherever they go.

The Festival runs September 10 – 14, 2014.

Intrude, 210D Nylon, Air Blowers and led Lights, 5 x 7m high inflatable rabbits, Amanda Parer, 2014 5
Intrude, 210D Nylon, Air Blowers and led Lights, 5 x 7m high inflatable rabbits, Amanda Parer, 2014 4
Intrude by Amanda Parer (5)
Intrude by Amanda Parer (4)
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