Intrude will make its Midwest debut at Pyramid Hill from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 15. Several special programs, events and exhibitions are planned to coincide with the debut. CONTRIBUTED

Pyramid Hill first to debut “Intrude” in the Midwest

“Intrude,” an internationally acclaimed public art installation, will make its Midwest debut in October at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum.

The exhibition will be on display from Friday, Oc. 6 through Sunday, Oc. 15. A host of special events, exhibitions and activities are also planned to go along with “Intrude.”

Jeni Barton, director of arts administration at Pyramid Hill, said “Intrude” is a spectacle-sized work consisting of five giant illuminated rabbits — the largest over 23 feet tall.

“Amanda Parer is an Australian artist, who is currently residing in New Zealand, and she created this monumental work to address the environment concerns and issues happening in Australia due to the rabbits being an invasive species. And, the rabbits in Australia, since being introduced as an invasive species, have really been destroying the environment there and the ecology. But, they are also the adorable creatures that you grow up reading about in fairy tales. So, it’s hard to imagine that this adorable little creature is doing so much destruction,” Barton said.

The name “Intrude” comes from the rabbits’ impact on the environment, Barton said, but, (as art) they are magical and whimsical to experience. Tthe sculptures are not only inflatable, but they work with light as an art medium.

“This is going to create a completely new experience for visitors in the park. They will be able to come and tour in the evening,” Barton said.

Pyramid Hill will showcase five of the rabbits in the collection. They are going to be placed together, across from the pavilion in the park, right by Lake Nancy. A local technician, Jedidiah Stuelpnagel, a professor of sculpture from University of Cincinnati will inflate and deflate the sculptures each day, and care for the rabbits while they’re at Pyramid Hill.

“This exhibition is a perfect combination of art and nature. And, our mission here at Pyramid Hill is bringing people to art and nature,” Barton said.

To introduce “Intrude,” students from several local schools and groups have designed giant, 4- to 6-feet-long carrots that are on display throughout Hamilton and Middletown, which announce that the bunnies are coming to Pyramid Hill. Hamilton High School, Badin High School, Immanuel Lutheran School in Hamilton, Middletown Middle School, Wildwood Elementary School in Middletown, Community Development Professionals and Butler Tech School of the Arts are among the participants.

Several programs, events and special exhibitions have been developed to go along with “Intrude.” Pyramid Hill will have a Hoppy Hour, a Hip Hop Night, a bunny-themed art exhibit by local artists, bunny-themed crafts for children, hat making workshops with a Hollywood costume designer, a Mad Hatter-themed tea party and more. Additionally, two of the bunnies will conclude their Midwest appearance at Cincinnati’s Blink Festival on Oct. 12-15.

The “Intrude” exhibition was created by Parer in 2014. “Intrude” was a prominent work in the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Since that time, the work has been seen on four continents, in over 50 cities by over a million people.

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