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Bunnies arrive at Cheekwood

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The bunnies have arrived at Cheekwood, but it’s a lot more than you would think.

These are larger than life-sized rabbits taking over the green grassways and bringing with them an important message.

Larger than life inflatables of friendly bunny rabbits, a dream come true for the 2-year-old crowd visiting Cheekwood.

As fun as they are to look at, the Australian artist created this for more than just to be cute.

“The message behind these adorable larger than life in many ways is the situation in Australia when rabbits become an invasive species, taking a huge toll on the environment,” said Cheekwood’s Jane MacLeod.

In 1788, someone thought it would be fun to introduce rabbits to Australia. They never lived there naturally. Like rabbits, they reproduced and reproduced and reproduced.

Now it’s a problem, or as some Aussies think, an environmental disaster.

Bunnies are changing the natural habitat.

The kids aren’t yet ready for that backstory, they’re ready for Bugs Bunny. The hope is the adults are.

“Really, art for art sake with a message about the environment,” said MacLeod.

At night when the bunnies come out at Cheekwood, it’s back to just beautiful.

Intrude is Australian artist Amanda Parer’s name for the exhibit.

Remember, the bunnies are filled with air, so no pins around them would be fine, but gentle hugs and kisses are welcome for the kiddies.

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