Vermin

IDNTTBMWYTIM*

There’s an ART exhibit — an installaaaation of a “massive exterior public art project” — in San FranFreakshow.

Nope. Not Easter Bunnies. The installaaaation is called Intrude. Why Big Bunnies?

The rabbit also is an animal of contradiction.

They represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields.

A situation that has never occurred in Nature.
Evar.

We’re all familiar with the ridiculous Victorian notion of Noble Savage as applied to the Natural World, commercialized and promoted by Disney, sold to increasingly urbanized and sub-urbanized children who had no better notion of Nature. As people moved off the land and into more urban environments they lost touch with what the Real World is and does; yanno — “red in tooth and claw.” These children never had the chance to observe the Real World and see what silliness the “furry innocence frolicking through idyllic fields” is: that rabbit is running for his life grabbing bites between strides to keep from starving.

But that’s not Teh Narrative, which protrays idyllic fields and enchanted forests with a furry innocent creatures frolicking and singing until *Daaa*Daaa*Daaaaaa* Evial Humans come to upset the fun. No mention that Mother Nature, outside the hard-won confines of Human Development, will kill you in seconds if you’re not paying strict attention. And She’ll never blink an eye.

Intrude deliberately evokes this cutesy image, and a strong visual humour, to lure you into the artwork only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work. They are huge, the size referencing “the elephant in the room”, the problem, like our environmental impact, big but easily ignored.

Like we — Humans — don’t belong here. Like when the coyote overbreeds and wipes out the local squirrel population — that’s Naaaature and Beautiful; but when Humans change an environment, that’s DirtyBad.

Cuz we don’t belong here.

…or something.

Yep. That ginormous bunny looming over you is there to remind you that it’s your fault that the Planeeeeet Izzz Dyiiiiiing!!1!!!!!.

It is to remind you that in 1788 rabbits were introduced into Australia whereupon, lacking any useful predators, they ran amok for the next 130 years wreaking havoc on the environment there.

Rabbits in artist Amanda Parer’s native Australia are an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. First introduced by white settlers in 1788 they have caused a great imbalance to the countries endemic species.

Like Humans, also a creature out-of-place in our Environment, causing great imbalance to the countries endemic species wherever we go. Like Humans, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go and defying attempts at eradication. Damned vermin.

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*I Do Not Think That Bunny Means What You Think It Means

17 Comments!

  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 11:22 am |

    I’m still waiting for the day when I get to ask one of these morons when it was that they became Biblical Creationists.

    (What’s that? Not a Creationist? You mean you think we are just an ordinary primate descended from the apes? Really. Well that’s puzzling. Because if Man is just another naturally-evolved animal (like, say, a beaver), then everything he does (like building dams) is natural (the way a beaver dam is natural). But if Man’s dams are “unnatural” simply because it is Man who builds them, then obviously Man himself isn’t natural. So we must be here as a result of Divine Intervention. ie – God created us directly. Right?)

    Then sit back and just watch their eyes spinning as they try to square that circle …

  2. Chris in NC
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 11:22 am |

    The trojan rabbit from Monty Python and the holy grail??

  3. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 11:45 am |

    ^ Heeeere ya go.

    And Claire,
    thanks for the Nature and Noble Savage things.
    Tennyson* was right.
    A threat doesn’t have to be a predator, if it eats all the stuff that your food eats or that you eat (see also: locusts).
    _________
    * The “Nature red in tooth and claw” thing.

  4. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 11:50 am |

    Also, Jimmy Carter and the killer rabbit:

  5. mech
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm |

    Bring out the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!

  6. staghounds
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm |

    You insult the Victorians, who were massive destroyers of wildlife. The noble savage idealisation of nature is largely Rousseau’s, and its twentieth century revival is Beatrix Pottwe’s and Disney’s.

  7. Posted April 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm |

    I’ve eaten fried, wild rabbit and thought it was quite tasty.

  8. Dave
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm |

    I once shot a rabbit with a .270. When I picked it up the guts fell out and all I had to do was skin it.
    And no, it did not taste like chicken.

  9. Paul Moore
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm |

    One of the things that caused my Lib’rul galpal to dump me was my comment on the downstate idealists preservation of upstate wolves.
    Two litters a year. How many generations to overpopulation and environmental destruction?
    Math was hard for her.

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm |

    Looks like the “artist”*spit* defaced the local environment with a bunch of fabric made from….gasp…. fossil fuel products…. gasp…can’t breathe… and used fossil fuel driven compressors (no windmills or nukes to make electricity in San Fran, right?) to inflate them with a gas that contains….C. O. 2. eek!!!
    Why are almost all “performance” artists self important, no-talent jackasses?

  11. Chris in NC
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 7:22 pm |

    I was thinking this one, Doug.

  12. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 8:07 pm |

    ^ *heh* Yeah, forgot about that one, must be slippin’.

    (Oh, and I fixed your link. Y’didn’t put any text between the right and left angle brackets before the /a>, so I put this one in there.)

  13. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm |

    Well, since we killed off all the sweet cuddly polar bears they had to find another symbol…

  14. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm |

    ^ Awww, here:

    Reality here:

  15. PeggyU
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 7:46 am |

    Do these eat these

    and leave these?

  16. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 10:39 am |

    Peggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Posted April 7, 2016 at 6:51 am |

    Puts me in mind of the movie “Night of the Lepus” (with Ray Milland, I think?) which was about an invasion of giant bunnies. And no, it wasn’t supposed to be funny.