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   Undertoad  Monday Sep 19 01:05 PM

9/19/2005: Giant pink bunny erected

This is the work of a Viennese art group called Gelatin their page about the item includes a doc file with more key details.

The bunny is 200 feet long -- a toy rabbit "knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool". The toy is expected to stay there, on the side of this 5,000 foot high mountain (Colletto Fava in northern Italy's Piedmont region) for 20 years, until 2025.

Gelatin says it was "knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool".

Group member Wolfgang Gantner said: "It's supposed to make you feel small, like Gulliver. You walk around it and you can't help but smile."

The artist statement in full:


The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent;
and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy.
The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitís body, a country dropped from the sky;
ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines.
Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel.
Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.
Such is the happiness which made this rabbit.
i love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.

They expect hikers to find it, climb it, lie on it.

But unlike us, climbers at eye level will take their time making the ironic discovery... that the rabbit is figuratively dead. It's all warm and fuzzy until you realize that the beast's open mouth of horror, its odd configuration, its organs by its side... it has fallen out of the sky to its death.

melidasaur  Monday Sep 19 01:10 PM

It's going to start to stink after it gets rained on a few times. But... I know I would get all giddy if I got to climb on it.

Happy Monkey  Monday Sep 19 01:16 PM

Does anyone have an enormous piece of chalk to draw an outline around it?

Reminds me of Leisure town...

Hobbs  Monday Sep 19 02:04 PM

Some people...way too much time on their hands...way too much time.


LabRat  Monday Sep 19 02:32 PM

Nice idea, an adult playground toy. Too bad it isn't made to last. I was going to say it looked like it fell out of the sky...then finished reading and it turns out that is what is it supposed to look like.
*zips up flame suit*
Stupid. arrrgh!

barefoot serpent  Monday Sep 19 03:09 PM


Trilby  Monday Sep 19 06:41 PM

Personally, I'm offended by all ya'll. You all PERPORT to be all -whatever- "cool" and then really all you all...YOU KNOW! You are NOT! Plus, I've a lot of baby pitchers to take...for the tabloids...I'm a MOMMA, YA'ALL! Uh MOM-UH!!! Please, baby Jesus, Bless Mah Preston!!!!---and NO, I do NOt MEAN justin!!!!!!!"


capnhowdy  Monday Sep 19 06:56 PM

I haven't seen pink toilet paper in years. I think this is a great work although I find it slightly distasteful to have the entrails puddled to his side. The writer who described the work has an extremely dark side. Must be Mr. King's relative. I guess we'll all have to wait and see if it lasts 20 years. I doubt that it will.
I bet it took a shitload of straw to make the foundation. The straw will soak up water,decay, and diminish. Most likely taking the yarn with it.

Some people...way too much time on their hands...way too much time.
I must agree, Mr Hobbs.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Sep 19 07:03 PM

That's very, very sick.
I think I like it.

Calamormine  Monday Sep 19 09:07 PM

Am I the only one who's thoughts were less than pure in reading "Giant pink bunny erected?" I mean, given the last photo...

capnhowdy  Monday Sep 19 10:07 PM

noone knows why UT does that.

And he ain't tellin'..........

capnhowdy  Monday Sep 19 10:08 PM

a near camel toe?

wolf  Tuesday Sep 20 02:59 AM

It might be fun to play on before it's out there too long and starts smelling bad.

Of course, Gelatin's piss icicle project started out disgusting, as was the "Lake Pipi Kaka" or whatever they called it.

Triple Yech with a side order of Eeeeeauw.

I really, really should not have looked at the "artists" (and I use the term very loosely) website.

Elspode  Thursday Sep 22 03:56 PM

They should have dug a hole for the thing to lay in. It would have really sold the whole "fell from the sky" concept.

Lizsun  Saturday Sep 24 07:44 PM

I'm sure glad that bunny didn't fall on me.

Me Strauss

Griff  Saturday Sep 24 08:31 PM

Originally Posted by wolf
It might be fun to play on before it's out there too long and starts smelling bad.
I'm rooting for spectacular mushrooms from this sodden mess.

BigV  Saturday Sep 24 08:47 PM

welcome to the cellar, Lizsun.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 25 12:16 AM

Lizsun, welcome to the Cellar.
I hope your not a grammar nazi.

glatt  Wednesday May 18 03:42 PM

I wanted to see if the bunny was still there, so I checked it out in Google Earth, and saw a nice image of it. But the image is from 2005, so I have no idea if this thing is still hanging around up there.

Bing and Virgilio Mappe have what appears to be even older imagery, since there is no sign of the bunny or of trampled grass where one may have been in the past.

glatt  Wednesday May 18 03:55 PM

The link in the original post has images of the bunny covered in snow in January 2008, and grass growing out of it in Fall of 2008. It's looking pretty sad after just three years. If it's still there today, it can't look very good.

HungLikeJesus  Wednesday May 18 05:49 PM

This IOTD was my first exposure to the Cellar.

Darn you, giant pink bunny!

BigV  Wednesday May 18 08:16 PM

I can see several places in that picture in post #20 where darning is direly needed.

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