A person stands in front of a 25.3-meter-long giant rabbit designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in an old aircraft hangar as part of the Taoyuan Land Art Festival in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, Sept 3, 2014. The rabbit is named “Moon rabbit” for the coming Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival and will be displayed from Sept 4 to 14 at the Taoyuan military base.Agencies.
The latest creation of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, a huge white rabbit, will meet the public on Thursday during a festival in Taiwan, local media reported.
The 25-meter-tall model was spotted reclining at an old aircraft hangar of the former Taoyuan Naval Base during a preview of the Taoyuan Land Arts Festival on Tuesday.
It resembles the real-life rabbit from Alice’s Wonderland, surrounded by blue sky and grassland, according to tourists who attended the preview.
Besides, jade rabbit is legendary image in Chinese tales related to the festival.
The giant rabbit faces towards the sky, so people hardly see its face, except via bird’s-eye view.
Made of waterproof paper, wood and styrofoam, the rabbit can withstand both sunshine and rain, but may fall victim to typhoons, the report stated.
Workers are still in a rush to complete details, it added.
Hofman’s creation, amongst many of his giant animal work, aims to arouse happiness and draws inspiration from the traditional Chinese legend of Chang’e and Jade Rabbit.
The 37-year-old artist is best known in China for creating the big rubber duck, which made quite a splash last year in the country by floating on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor and the Kunming Lake of the Summer Palace in Beijing. The rubber duck had so far traveled 23 cities in 12 countries.