Press Release | Intrude – New YorkMarch 10, 2016 New York Download
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Arts Brookfield presents national 4-city tour of Amanda Parer’s Intrude, opening at Brookfield Place New York, April 17
Public art installation features 7 monumental, illuminated rabbits, including premiere of 2 exclusive supersized rabbits
New York, NY, March 10, 2016 — Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of global real estate corporation Brookfield, presents a four-city national tour of Intrude, a highly acclaimed public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer. One of the most celebrated and widely viewed pieces of light sculpture ever created, Intrude features monumental rabbits, each sewn in white nylon, inflated and internally lit. Arts Brookfield is producing a traveling installation of Intrude to tour its premier properties across the United States, including sites in Houston, Los Angeles and Denver. Following a preview of the rabbit sculptures in Toronto, Intrude launches at Brookfield Place New York (230 Vesey Street) with seven sculptures on Sunday, April 17, 2016. The installation is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.
For its national tour of Intrude, Arts Brookfield commissioned two giant rabbits, each scaling over two-stories in height, with one approximately 39 feet high and the other 39 feet long. These rabbits will join Intrude’s five original sculptures, which have brought a joyful spirit to more than 19 major cities throughout the world, including London, Perth, Paris and Boston. The New York launch of the installation marks the one-year anniversary of the reopening of Brookfield Place New York and celebrates more than 25 years of Arts Brookfield’s animation of non-traditional spaces with world-class arts and cultural experiences that are free and accessible to the public.
“Arts Brookfield’s goal of presenting art that is both creative and accessible on multiple levels is brought to life in Amanda Parer’s magnificent works,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “Her larger-than-life rabbit sculptures are a visually arresting social commentary. We’re thrilled to present Intrude at seven of Brookfield’s premiere properties across four U.S. cities.”
Intrude, which was also a prominent work in the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney, inspires onlookers to dig a little deeper. The visual humor of the large rabbits lures audiences into the artwork to reveal a more serious environmental message. For artist Amanda Parer, rabbits are an animal of contradiction. While they often connote furry innocence frolicking through idyllic fields, rabbits are considered an invasive pest in the artist’s native Australia, where they have caused a great imbalance to the country’s natural and delicately balanced ecosystems since they were first introduced by white settlers in 1788.
“Arts Brookfield is making cultural experiences more accessible than ever, and I’m proud that Intrude is a part of that effort,” said Amanda Parer, who is best known for her ephemeral artworks that explore the natural world, its fragility, and our role within it. “I look forward to seeing the rabbits come to life at Brookfield’s properties throughout the United States. I expect people will be drawn to the rabbits’ playful appearance, and I hope they will also take the time to understand the deeper meaning in the work and discuss how our actions impact the environment.”
Sunday, April 17 – Saturday, April 30
Monday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street)
Monday, May 9 – Saturday, May 14
1600 Smith Street
Sunday, June 5 – Saturday, June 11
Installation spans three Brookfield properties: Bank of America Plaza (333 South Hope Street) and Wells Fargo Center (330 South Hope Street) on Bunker Hill; and FIGat7th (735 South Figueroa Street) in Downtown LA
Two weekends: June 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26
1801 California Street
Republic Plaza (370 17th Street)
For installation viewing times in each city and more information about Arts Brookfield’s national tour of Intrude, visit www.artsbrookfield.com/Intrude.
About Amanda Parer
Australian artist Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral artworks explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within it. Amanda’s work features startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen within their chosen habitats. When viewing one of these iconic, mostly feral animals inhabiting a beautifully haunting landscape, the environmental message is enhanced by the artist’s finely crafted traditional technique in any of her chosen mediums, such as painting, sculpture and public installation. Originally from Sydney, Parer now resides in Tasmania where her work has been acquired by both public and private collections. She has been selected for notable national competitions including five times for the Blake Prize, as well as for the Glover Prize in 2008, 2012 & 2013. Amanda has just completed a new light art installation called Fantastic Planet which was commissioned by Winter Lights Festival in London. Parer is currently developing a full exhibition at Harbour City Gallery in Hong Kong, which will open in October 2016 and include paintings, sculptures, and installation. She has also been commissioned to create a new public artwork for the inaugural Doha Festival in Qatar. Intrude has also been invited to be presented at the opening of the La Boverie, a new tourist attraction in Belgium that is both a fine arts museum and an international quality exhibition center. Intrude at La Boverie will be produced in collaboration with The Louvre Museum in Paris.
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About Arts Brookfield
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Visit www.ArtsBrookfield.com for a complete schedule of events.
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About Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place NY is the apotheosis of luxury shopping, dining and cultural arts in downtown Manhattan. The complex is uniquely positioned just south of Tribeca along the Hudson River waterfront. International fashion houses including Hermès, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Omega, Ermenegildo Zegna, and contemporary fashion brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Michael Kors, Vince, Paul Smith, and Lululemon make Brookfield Place Downtown Manhattan’s most sought-after shopping destination. An 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open in 2016, revolutionizing the luxury shopping experience in the area. Best-in-class dining options include Hudson Eats, a curated collection of 14 chef-driven fast-casual eateries; Le District, a 30,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace and eight signature restaurants including Amada, and Parm. Complemented by the renowned cultural programming of Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Place is leading the transformation of the area as the premier destination for residents and visitors alike. For more information, please visit: www.brookfieldplaceny.com.
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