Perth artist Stormie Mills has had Brisbane hopping with joy about a collection of giant pink bunny sculptures appearing randomly around the city.
The results of two years work, the nine 4m-tall stylised rabbits migrate around the city as the main visual arts element in the annual Brisbane Festival.
Mills' bubblegum-pink polyurethane rabbits have prompted a flood of happy snaps on social media and some have been given various nicknames, including Harvey, Rabbit De Niro and Bunny Tyler.
There was a sour note amid the fun when three men were charged with wilful damage of one of the installations last week, after a rabbit in Brisbane's main Queen Street mall had a paw torn off and a hole punched in its head.
"It is sad," Mills said. "They are going to go to court for damaging a pink rabbit. It is not going to make them look very macho."
Mills said artists always took a risk with public work.
"Anything that is done with the rabbits, I had hoped would go to a higher level," he said.
A renowned international street artist, Mills has done many major art projects around the world but this is his biggest Australian commission.
He hoped the moving exhibition would help change the way people saw the city, which he said had suburbs tucked into bends of a meandering river like a big rabbit warren. "It seemed like the perfect place for it," Mills said.
The sculptures had evolved from one of his wall-art characters, Bunnyman, a little old man in a rabbit costume.
They dressed up the city like a person at a fancy dress party, he said."You put something in a costume and we look at it differently," Mills said.