Sitting under the vent with a big grin and a wave, this cheeky rabbit appears and greets us with an "oh hi there". This represents the fun that street art is sometimes connected with.
The cheekiness of this little rabbit, its position close to the ground under the vent and the greeting in a speech bubble attract us as we wander along the laneway. It would be easy to be distracted by the larger pieces of art work, the portraits, the symbols. The loudness of the other art work could very well dominate. This little rabbit might be easily overlooked.
He serves as a reminder about the many aspects of street art. Its capacity to engage us, draw us in, and trigger an emotional response. It's with a smile that you feel compelled to respond when sighting this little rabbit for the first time. If you've watched a few movies with animated animals who leap into real life amongst the humans you can almost imagine it coming to life. Appearing in the laneway in front of you, little paw outstretched ready to shake your hand. That didn't happen, on this occasion, at least. Unfortunately.
The little rabbit reminds us that life can be fun. We can be cheery in greeting each other. A smile, wave and greeting can even make our day. When greeted with such energy it's difficult not to feel connected, heartened and appreciated. Most of all, being noticed.
Street artists are clearly a diverse group. For some they have a serious message to convey. For others, like the artist of this rabbit, fun seems to be a key purpose. It certainly provides a real balance against some of the other pieces of art work in this little laneway. Just like life.