The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy.
The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbitÌs body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines.
Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel.
Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.
Such is the happiness which made this rabbit.
I love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.
After almost 5 years of knitting the rabbit found its final place in the italian alps (close to Cuneo). It waits there to be visited by you. You might even take your time or check back every now and then as the rabbit will wait for you 20 years from now on.
Hase / Rabbit / Coniglio is situated above the village Artesina in the Italian Alps.
You can go to Artesina by public bus. From there you need to walk up to the Rabbit. It takes about 20-30 minutes.
Google Maps Link to the location: http://goo.gl/maps/cjv4X
Article "Rabbit in the Headlights", by Monte Packham, sleek magazine 11, Berlin, Summer 2006
Article "Big, Dead, Rotting, Silly Rabbit", by Meredith Kahn, The New York Times, November 6, 2005
Article "Incontro Ravvicinato", by Andrea Lissoni, Rolling Stone Magazine, October 2005
Article "Gelatin: Hase", by Cristina Romano, Domus 885, October 2005
Rabbit, 2005 © Gelitin
Rabbit under construction, 2005 © Gelitin
Rabbit in winter, 2006, photo: Paolo Cresta