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.
Christchurch has been something of a blank canvas for street artists from all around the world, and now street art has gone indoors at the YMCA with the Spectrum Street Art Festival. The exhibition of street art is on until May 10th and admission is absolutely free. It’s quite stunning what the artists have put together – wonderfully talented people.
I rather liked the interactive exhibit where you could add yourself to the artwork – and I couldn’t resist a selfie with my other half. Though, if you take it with a real camera is it still a selfie?