Florentijn Hofman‘s giant white rabbit made a grand exit to conclude its 11-day residency at a former naval base in Taiwan where it sat on display for the Taoyuan Land Art Festival. The 25-meter-tall sculpture actually caught fire on Monday, a day after the festival ended, leaving only a charred torso, ear and arm behind.
The wittle wabbit went up in flames as it was being dismantled by workers. Authorities believe a spark from an exhaust pipe may have caused the fire. The moon rabbit, inspired by the Chinese legend of Chang’e and Jade Rabbit, was constructed with waterproof paper, wood, styrofoam and more than 12,000 pieces of Tyvek, a high-density polyethylene fiber material.
When informed about his creation’s demise, Hofman said that the rabbit had “fought a good fight”. If only we could say the same for that damn yellow duck who couldn’t even withstand a little bout of torrential downpour.