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Olaf Breunning | Easter bunnies 2004 | Type C photograph on paper | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

Olaf Breuning ‘Easter bunnies’ 2004

Olaf Breuning’s Easter bunnies 2004 appropriates an archaeological and cultural icon — the mysterious stone monoliths of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) known as Moai. Breuning has selected a particular group of seven statues known as Ahu Akivi which face towards the ocean to a point at which the sun sets during the equinox. Using an array of props including cardboard cut-out rabbit ears, grinning red mouths and makeshift stands of metal and cord, Breuning transformed the ancient statues into smiling bunnies for a few hours. His manipulation of the depth-of-field and focus of his photographic apparatus creates an almost seamless spatial transition between the buffoonery of his props and the solemnity of the stone monoliths.

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