florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit
florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit
aug 23, 2011

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit


rotterdam-based artist florentijn hofman has shared with us images of ‘stor gul kanin (big yellow rabbit)’, his newest large-scale sculpture conceived for this summer’s openart biennale in örebro, sweden. challenging the function and purpose of the public space, the 13-meter high installation explores the notion of scale and urban perspective by providing a new focal point in the open square.

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit‘stor gul kanin (big yellow rabbit)’ by florentijn hofman in örebro, sweden all images courtesy of florentijn hofman image © lasse person



constructed out of locally-manufactured shingles and a wooden armature, the temporary sculpture depicts a giant plush rabbit that has been seemingly dropped into the center of the swedish plaza. the large-scale intervention rests against the engelbrekt monument, the original pivot point of the open site. observers are encouraged to experience the public space within the new context of the rabbit as well as when the presence of the sculpture is gone. as with his previous work, hofman’s sculpture involved the locals with more than 25 volunteers and craftsman coming together to construct the rabbit.

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbitthe piece was constructed as part of the city’s openart biennale image © florentijn hofman

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit general view image © lasse person

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit top view image © lasse person

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit

image © florentijn hofman

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit image © lasse person

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit image © florentijn hofman

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit engelbrekt monument image © florentijn hofman

florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit during construction image © lasse person

  • Excellent. Rabbits everywhere can stand up and be proud.

    michael/bobosart says:
  • fabulous !

    artimon says:
  • What a beautiful town this rabbit is in. Lovely

    mssmarty says:
  • I love it when artists intellectualise it like that : “explores the notion of scale and urban perspective”
    It would be hilarious if Disneyland started promoting themselves like that.
    Lets face it… its baubles for the masses…

    Doesnt mean I dont love it though ! Why shouldnt serious art also be fun, joyful and childlike sometimes? Hell, yes !

    Finlay Cowan says:
  • I particularly like the crotch shot.

    ALB says:
  • isnt it a copy of the gelitin project? [url=http://www.gelitin.net/mambo/index.php?set_albumName=album14&option=com_gallery_proj144&Itemid=91&include=view_album.php]

    butcher says:
  • Simply breathtaking!!! The scale, the context, the positioning,.. everything is so fooling, so out of this world. I love it.

    m25 says:
  • A rabbit, waiting to get raped by a falling church tower. What a lovely allegory to our time!

    Sancho Panza says:
  • semplicemente spettacolare..bravi!!

    bsdes says:

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