HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Downtown Huntsville is soon welcoming a global invader to Big Spring Park-- in the form of 23-foot-tall inflatable, illuminated BUNNIES! Arts Huntsville, in partnership with Downtown Huntsville Inc., is bringing whimsy and delight to downtown Huntsville this October with Intrude, a traveling public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer.
Huntsville joins the ranks of Denver, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, and Berlin – and other metropolitan destination cities – to host Intrude.
Intrude will be on display to the public Friday, October 19th through the 28th in Big Spring Park East and West. The rabbits range from 10 to 23 feet tall. The public is welcome to gently interact with the bunnies and share their experience with the exhibit using the hashtag #IntrudeHsv.
The exhibit will coincide with a calendar of FREE special events, starting with the annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology festival on October 19th and 20th.
Rabbits in artist Amanda Parer’s native Australia are an out of control pest, leaving a trail of ecological destruction wherever they go. First introduced by white settlers in 1788 they have caused a great imbalance to the countries endemic species. The rabbit also is an animal of contradiction.
They represent the fairytale animals from our childhood – a furry innocence, frolicking through idyllic fields. 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.
“Hoppy Hour” in #DowntownHSV
Five downtown businesses will be offering special menu items and deals in celebration of the #IntrudeHSV public art installation October 19th through the 28th: :
- Honest Coffee Roasters
The Cinnabunny Latte.
Offered: All Day
- Pints & Pixels
The Fluffy Brown Bunny
Godiva dark chocolate liquor, pinnacle cherry vodka, chocolate syrup, topped with a whipped cream bunny tail.
Offered: All Day
- Green Bus Brewing
$5 Hoppy Pints
Hop Bus IPA and Big Spring IPA
Offered: All Day
- Keegan’s Public House
Brunch Bellini and Honey Bunny Biscuit
Offered: Saturday and Sunday, 11am -3pmHoppy Hour Hooch and Bugs Bomber shots
- The Cozy Cow
Hoppy Hour Milkshake
Vanilla and cotton candy ice cream milkshake served with whipped cream
Offered: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm and Friday, 9am-8pm
Intrude Community Events
Most events are FREE and will be held in Big spring Park East, unless otherwise noted.
- LIT: Light+Innovation+Technology Festival, hosted by Arts Huntsville & Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
Friday & Saturday, October 19th & 20th, 7-10pm
- Bend with the Bunnies, hosted by Light-on Yoga Fitness
Saturday, October 20th, 10am & Friday, October 26th, 5:30pm
- Rabbit Adoptions with Alabama Rabbit Rescue
Sunday, October 21, 12-4pm
- Walk with the Arts with Healthy Huntsville
Tuesday, October 23rd, 12:15pm
**starts at the Light Tree sculpture at The Avenue, located at 201 Jefferson St. N.
- Read for the Record public book reading with United Way of Madison County
Thursday, October 25th at 10am, 1pm and 4pm with readers artist Dustin Timbrook, anchor Greg Screwsm, and artist Jahni Moore.
Appropriate for ages 2-8
- Hip Hop Showcase with The Bridge Cyphers
Friday, October 26th, 7pm
- Hoppin’ Halloween Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 27th at 6pm
**Starts at Keegan’s Public House patio
- HYP’s Nightmare on Church Street (ticketed event)
Saturday, October 27th, 7pm
- Sugar Skull Bunny Painting Class with Spirited Art
Sunday, October 28th, 2pm
$25. Pre-register here.