Raleigh, N.C. — This is not a drill: There are giant bunnies headed to the North Carolina Museum of Art Park this week.
The five, 23-foot tall rabbits will be illuminated in the museum's park for just 10 days for the free exhibit, "Intrude," by Amanda Parer.
Parer, a native of Australia, has taken "Intrude" to more than 30 cities in countries around the world. In Australia, rabbits are an out-of-control pest and have caused a great imbalance to the country’s endemic species. Rabbits also represent fairytale animals from childhood, with their furry innocence. "Intrude" is designed to evoke their cutesy image with visual humor to lure visitors into the art, only to reveal the more serious environmental messages in the work, according to the museum.
You can catch "Intrude" from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Nov. 6. at NCMA Park's new central ellipse lawn, part of the museum's expansion project.
Since a group of illuminated bunnies is perfect for a dance party, there will be several music-centric celebrations starting Thursday. Here's a breakdown of what is happening and when:
Thursday, Oct. 27: Hoppy Hour: Old-School Hip-Hoppy Hour - Oak City Hustle presents this party featuring SPCLGST and a live graffiti forest project by Victor Knight III and Bart Cusick.
Friday, Oct. 28: Intrude officially opens - Giant bunny exhibit opens at 10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 28: Hoppy Hour: Electronic Musical Rabbits - Featuring a recorded soundtrack curated by Moogfest.
Thursday, Nov. 3: Hoppy Hour: Classical Rabbits - Recorded soundtrack curated by Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony, inspired by the exhibit.
Friday, Nov. 4: Hoppy Hour: Trip-Hoppy Hour - Featuring SPCLGST.
The exhibit is free to view and all Hoppy Hour parties are also free to attend.