Sunday, 10 May 2009

Giant Woollen Rabbit

I have just come across the story of a rabbit much bigger than me. So much bigger that it can be seen from Google Earth!

It is a knitted dead rabbit. Yes, very weird indeed! Created in 2005 by a Viennese art group called Gelatin, it is 200 feet long and it can be found on Colletto Fava mountain in northern Italy.
The artists took five years to knit and create the bright pink rabbit and intend to leave it for the public to see for twenty years. I’m pretty sure something knitted and left out in the snow will never last twenty years, but we shall see.

The artists write:
'The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy. The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitĂ­s body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver andintestines. Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel. Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.Such is the happiness which made this rabbit. I love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.'
Try Google Earth yourself to see if you can spot the decaying rabbit, will it still be there in 2025?

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