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September 22, 2005 10:07 AM   Subscribe

A large pink rabbit will visit Italy for 20 years. Yet another controversial work of art by Gelitin from Vienna. (via Guardian)
posted by myopicman (40 comments total)

 
I was hooked when they mentioned they expect climbers to...well, climb it. It is now one of my life goals to make it to Italy and take a nap on this thing's belly.
posted by ArsncHeart at 10:10 AM on September 22, 2005


Oh, okay...I thought you meant this pink bunny.
posted by alumshubby at 10:13 AM on September 22, 2005


I wish to snuggle in the sloppy entrails of this great woolen beast.
posted by loquacious at 10:15 AM on September 22, 2005


It's going to get moldy in about a month.
posted by bshort at 10:17 AM on September 22, 2005


i love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 10:23 AM on September 22, 2005


This is why people think artists are stupid.
posted by klangklangston at 10:24 AM on September 22, 2005


Yeah in 20 years isn't it going to be all infested and stinky?
posted by wakko at 10:32 AM on September 22, 2005


It's going to be one big disgusting thing. Better see it now, before it rots and animals and insects nest in it.
posted by agregoli at 10:32 AM on September 22, 2005


I think I like the artists who filled all the shoes with butter on the top of the mountain better than the pink bunny artists. I don't know what the pink bunny symbolizes but butter in shoes I can totally understand.
posted by fenriq at 10:43 AM on September 22, 2005


This will really confuse the Martian's.
posted by tfmm at 10:44 AM on September 22, 2005


This is the same group of artists that supposedly removed one of the upper windows of the World Trade Center in 2000. Also here.
posted by R. Mutt at 10:46 AM on September 22, 2005


I will travel to Italy and pee on this rabbit. As an artistic statement, obviously.
posted by Decani at 11:07 AM on September 22, 2005


Metafilter: the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.
posted by JeffK at 11:38 AM on September 22, 2005


Big enough to show up on Google maps one day?

The WTC window stunt page refers to the 148th floor, which the WTC didn't have one of. Are these "pieces" that Gelitin does real, or virtual (i.e., pranks)?
posted by Western Infidels at 11:41 AM on September 22, 2005


WTF is it with large pink bunnies?
Is this one meant to evoke the model for the Paris Metro "don't stand in the doorway" signs?
I always figured that Paris was where the Easter Bunny lived the rest of the year. I never quite figured out why Mexican babies come from Paris.
(Yes, the stork brings them. From Paris. You have to order away for them. From Paris. Americans don't know where babies come from, but Mexicans do.)
posted by Aknaton at 12:02 PM on September 22, 2005


I wonder how many hooves/horns/bones were used in the making of this rabbit.
posted by NewBornHippy at 12:30 PM on September 22, 2005


This is why people think artists are stupid.

Really? I thought it was because most people have no imagination. I mean, really, what the hell is so stupid about this as opposed to bulldozing a few more thousand trees and putting up another fucking Starbucks or Target? I'll take some stupid artist having some fun over Wal Mart anyday. Really, what would you rather do, stumble on a giant pink bunny that might actually be funny or drive past 10 new QuickLube stores?
posted by spicynuts at 12:35 PM on September 22, 2005


Last week my girlfriend and I flew to Skye and climbed a mountain at midnight in the name of art (NVA's 'The Storr: Unfolding Landscape' project: www.nva.org.uk). Frankly, the giant pink bunny sounds like it would have been a better bet.
posted by Hogshead at 12:37 PM on September 22, 2005


Spicynuts: "I mean, really, what the hell is so stupid about this as opposed to bulldozing a few more thousand trees and putting up another fucking Starbucks or Target? I'll take some stupid artist having some fun over Wal Mart anyday. Really, what would you rather do, stumble on a giant pink bunny that might actually be funny or drive past 10 new QuickLube stores?"
Thank God you astutely noticed the subliminal text of my comment, where I said I was pro-Wal-Mart. Anything else that I didn't say that you'd like to rant about?
posted by klangklangston at 12:45 PM on September 22, 2005



Crop rabbits. The invasion has begun...
posted by Darkman at 12:59 PM on September 22, 2005


Thank God you astutely noticed the subliminal text of my comment, where I said I was pro-Wal-Mart. Anything else that I didn't say that you'd like to rant about?

Way to avoid addressing my point, which was pretty clear. I think you know exactly what I'm trying to say, but just in case, I'll say it again, without reference to any particular franchise you may or may not like: Any attempt at showing some imagination or injecting a bit of fun into the world, whether it meets your tastes or not, is a far better use of time and energy than building another strip mall and far less 'stupid'.
posted by spicynuts at 1:02 PM on September 22, 2005


tfmm - This will really confuse the Martian's.

I'm thinking Venusians.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 1:16 PM on September 22, 2005


Nope, it's very stupid. It's akin to a giant kettle of fish, or 2000 very small purple alligators. In other words, it's didactic for the sake of Dadaism. Anyone can pull an object out of their ass, make it really big and call it art, but it doesn't mean I have to accept their definition. I like the word "eye-sore" better, anyway.

Way to avoid addressing my point, which was pretty clear.

Your point was floppy and soft, just like the giant rabbit. Why do you live in a world where an object's artistic merit is gauged by whether or not it's nicer to look at than a Wal-Mart.

[Building Giant Bunny Rabbits] is a far better use of time and energy than building another strip mall and far less 'stupid'.

Right, it's an "either or" sort of thing...
And they say Capitalists live in a black and white world.
posted by SweetJesus at 1:29 PM on September 22, 2005


This is why people think artists are stupid.

And this is why artists think people are stupid. Easy generalizations for everybody! Let's have jam!
posted by Skot at 2:44 PM on September 22, 2005


SweetJesus: Nope, it's very stupid.

Nothing wrong with stupid - unless you are the president.
posted by R. Mutt at 2:46 PM on September 22, 2005


My question, already touched on, is this: Do they have any plans to keep this thing from becoming amazingly gross? I think the enormous pink bunny is kind of fun, but after being outside for a few months... I can't imagine it's going to be pleasant.
posted by jzb at 4:41 PM on September 22, 2005


Nothing wrong with stupid at all. Just don't tell me stupid's got a PhD Artistic Theory.
posted by SweetJesus at 4:48 PM on September 22, 2005


The press documentation is light on details as to the construction of the bunny. How much Scotchguard would it take to preserve something that large for 20 years?
posted by myopicman at 5:22 PM on September 22, 2005


Any attempt at showing some imagination or injecting a bit of fun into the world, whether it meets your tastes or not, is a far better use of time and energy than building another strip mall and far less 'stupid'.

But I can buy things at a strip mall. Can I buy things at the big pink bunny? It's kind of a long way to go.
posted by kindall at 5:31 PM on September 22, 2005


Why can't you just make a giant pink bunny strip mall?

And I'm sure you'll be able to buy things at the giant pink bunny. They just might not be the things you're looking for.

And how much human-generated funk is going to be on that thing by the end? Naaaas-ty.
posted by trigonometry at 6:06 PM on September 22, 2005


i know i'm weighing in a bit late, but what a disgusting work of visual whoremongering. have a nice day.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 7:41 PM on September 22, 2005


"I think you know exactly what I'm trying to say, but just in case, I'll say it again, without reference to any particular franchise you may or may not like: Any attempt at showing some imagination or injecting a bit of fun into the world, whether it meets your tastes or not, is a far better use of time and energy than building another strip mall and far less 'stupid'."
You've managed to hit on both a false dichotomy and a straw man! You're the double word score for fallacies tonight!
posted by klangklangston at 8:38 PM on September 22, 2005


Wow, these things are breeding - I was one just like it yesterday on MetaChat!
posted by dg at 9:33 PM on September 22, 2005


That rabbit is seriously disturbing. Maybe they can get Christo to drape it in orange fabric.
posted by horsewithnoname at 10:00 PM on September 22, 2005


MetaFilter: I was one just like it yesterday on MetaChat!

I too was a big pink bunny on MetaChat yesterday.
posted by kindall at 12:05 AM on September 23, 2005


This will really confuse the Martian's

Do you think apostrophes grow on trees or something?
Some scientists even think we have reached Peak Apostrophe
posted by poppo at 5:54 AM on September 23, 2005


The artist's Gelatin, not the bunny. Right?
posted by jiroczech at 7:14 AM on September 23, 2005


I so want to see a googleearth image that shows the bunny. Can it be seen from space?
posted by theora55 at 7:42 AM on September 23, 2005


Some scientists even think we have reached Peak Apostrophe

And some pessimists like me think not. Meanwhile, we can only ask, "This will confuse the Martian's what? And which Martian?" Because being annoying is all we have left. It is to weep.
posted by Decani at 9:15 AM on September 23, 2005


Do they have any plans to keep this thing from becoming amazingly gross?

Giant bottle of Febreeze.
posted by Specklet at 10:37 AM on September 23, 2005


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