This artwork by Robert Jahnke can be seen at the entrance to the new building on the corner of Tuam and High Streets. It’s part of the Scape Public Art and you can learn more about the meaning behind the artwork at http://www.scapepublicart.org.nz/robert-jahnke/
Cosmo is an inflatable rabbit by artist Michael Parekowhai. Cosmo was gifted to the Christchurch art gallery by Jim and Mary Barr for the Art Gallery’s post-earthquake reopening back in 2011 (the art gallery is currently closed for earthquake repair work). He currently lives at 31 New Regent street as part of the art gallery’s Outer Spaces programme.
According to the information on the door:
“Cosmo encourages multiple and contradictory points of view about local history. Is he a cute bunny or a noxious pest? A kindly character or a symbol of colonial expansion? ….. His ears are cocked as if he’s listening for something; alert to both danger and to opportunity.