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Erin Lawrence

 It’s not even officially underway yet and already it’s cool! I spent this afternoon volunteering for Calgary’s art, science and engineering mash-up Beakerhead.

Just one of the amazing visual events is Intrude at Central Memorial Park. It’s a set of giant inflatable bunnies you can’t look away from.

They’re the brainchildren of artist Amanda Parer who was here to supervise today’s installation.

Amanda has taken her art installation to countries across the globe, including Belgium, England, France and the USA.

Amanda is Australian, and likes to work with the natural world, “with startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats” Her website goes on to explain, “When viewing one of these iconic, mostly feral animals inhabiting a beautifully haunting landscape, the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted traditional technique in any of her chosen mediums such as painting, sculpture and public installation.”

While these Intrude bunnies are super cool against a blue blue sky they’re going to be even cooler at night.


Set up on Tuesday involved unpacking the bunnies, inflating the canvas part way then climbing inside through a small zippered opening to lay sandbags for stability and set up lights for later. The bunnies were later tied down for safety. Being inside was like being inside a bright, white tent.

 Pop over to the park and have a look before Beakerhead wraps Sunday.

Open to the public September 16 – 20

  • Wednesday, September 16 to Saturday, September 19,  10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Special A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole party on Thursday, September 17, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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