Christian Gonzenbach

Great Stuffed Rabbit

Great Stuffed Rabbit, 2006

Wood, foam, genuine rabbit fur

270 x 480 x 220 cm

With its gentle and familiar demeanor and pristinely white and soft fur, this giant round rabbit evokes the comforting world of childhood. However, there’s more than meets the eye once we learn that this cuddly piece required 650 rabbit skins to dress the wooden and foam structure underneath. Great Stuffed Rabbit proves to be morbid and perverse.  Many small lives have been sacrificed in order to create one enormous object, but when we realize that each year approximately one billion rabbits are put on the market worldwide, the number becomes less dramatic. The fur, in a matter of justification, becomes the collateral damage to our meat consumption.