Have you ever seen a Superlambanana in the wild? I have.
They’re about seventeen feet high, have the tail of a banana, the body of a sheep and are a bright, luminous yellow.
No, I’ve not eaten any moldy bread. I’m not suffering from ergot poisoning. I’ve not taken any illicit substances. I’m reasonably certain I’ve not suffered from a mental breakdown.
I’m talking about the Superlambanana. This famous sculpture was created in 1998 by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo and has became an iconic symbol of Liverpool. Since its unveiling almost 16 years ago, it has stopped countless Liverpudlians in their tracks, and made them stop and ponder upon this surreal piece of artwork.
The Mysterabbit (pronounced ‘Mister Rabbit’, a portmanteau of Mystery and Rabbit) follows in the footsteps of the Superlambanana and aims to disrupt peoples daily routines by creating a small moment of mystery and wonder by harnessing the power of the 3D printer and the Internet.
How does it work?
How Mystarabbit works is really simple. You either request, or – using a 3D printer – create a small white statue of a rabbit. You place the little statues in public spaces and leave them for people to find and if they like, take with them. Participants who place the rabbits are encouraged to share them by using the #mysterabbit hashtag on Instagram or logging in to the official Mysterabbit website with your Facebook account and uploading your photos. Simple, right?
This surreal project was originally called ‘Pieces of Mind’ and the statues were a small meditating Buddha. Mysterabbit were a week away from launching until Ji realized the Buddha may be seen as overtly religious by some. He wanted something no one could feel excluded by, and thus chose a rabbit.
The rabbit statue was designed by Noah Conti, and the website was designed by English designer Robert O’Rourke and developed by US software developer Cory Forsyth. With his own money, Ji had ten thousand rabbits produced at factory in China using large scale 3D printing technology, giving the statues a very distinctive ‘sugar cube’ texture.
The Mystarabbit allows you to keep track of the progress of this project. The dissemination of these curious little rabbits is plotted on a map, and they have spread throughout the world and can be found in cities from Australia to Indonesia to Zimbabwe.
So, how do you get your hands on a Mysterabbit? The team behind it have been giving them out in the hundreds at no cost to those taking part. You can get some by emailing them with your postal address.
Hurry though. The Mysterabbit project has been getting a lot of attention, having been featured in the Huffington Post and Design Taxi. You don’t want them to run out before you get your hands on some!
The Mysterabbit is charming. It’s full of whimsy. It’s adorable. And I’m in. Seriously, I’ve already gotten my hands on a bunch of these cute little bunnies, and I plan to disseminate them widely.
What about you? Will you be ordering some? Already gotten involved? Let me know in the comments below.
Photos courtesy of Robert O’Rourke