Pink Rabbit!

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Ottmar Horl’s giant pink rabbit sculpture, next to the Wiener Staatsoper,  Vienna,  March 2015

This pink rabbit is in fact a young hare.  It also turns out that he has a multitude of cousins, but more of that later.

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The German artist, Albrecht Dürer, who hailed from Nuremberg, painted his now famous “Young Hare” in 1502 (see below); it is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art and  is housed in the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

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The original “Young Hare” – faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art – source: Wikicommons
The pink sculpture is a giant interpretation of that famous painting.  It was created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg since 2005.

In 2003, he created a large scale art installation of numerous hares in four shades of green, which were displayed in Nuremberg market square under the title “A large piece of hare”.

Ottmar Hörl - Dürer Hare, art project in Nuremberg 2003 - - photo Johannes Marburg
Ottmar Hörl – Dürer Hare, art project in Nuremberg 2003 – – photo Johannes Marburg

Hörl’s art installations are very much focused on multitudinousness, with multiple Goethes, multiple Charles the Greats, multiple meerkats, multiple Berlin Bears, multiple gnomes – you get the idea.

His latest multiple installation has opened in southern Germany.  Martin Luther replicas are on display at key spots in Wertheim, as a precursor to the quincentenary of Martin Luther, which takes place on 31 October 2017.  This display is open to the public from 29 October until 21 November 2016.

If you fancy your own piece of hare, you can order them here or you’ll find them in shops around the world.

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replica hares in a shop in Shoreditch, London

Copyright Debbie Smyth, 26 March 2015aDSC_0636_pp

(except where images otherwise accredited)

13 thoughts on “Pink Rabbit!

  1. Uh, the pink nor the green rabbits are my favorite (to quantify the green ones does not make it more attractive in my humble opinion), but I would like to visit Neurenberg because it’s such a historic city:)

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  2. Applause! Applause! Well done for rising to this challenge so magnificently, Debs! I love that square with all the shades of green. I saw something similar id Krakow once but it was in black and white. 🙂


  3. cool post and enjoyed learning a bit more – but I do not really care for Horl’s work – but I loved your post on this -and seeing the replicas they sell….
    Dürer, on the other hand, I have always enjoyed using some of his prints in certain classes for middle school – so much to glean and he did have this seeing skills you noted –


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