Bunnies to brighten buildings
Bunnies to brighten buildings

Giant fluorescent rabbits will adorn the facade of a $15 million affordable housing project in East Perth.

The "bunnies" were voted the preferred public art option for the Key City Workers Development on Goderich Street after heated debate at the City of Perth council meeting on Tuesday night.

The 2.5m "night light" rabbits, submitted by design company VJ Zoo, are inspired by the 1960s child's toy by Netta and are intended to "delight people with a familiar object at an unexpected scale", according to the company's submission.

But some City of Perth councillors were not convinced.

Councillor Rob Butler said the giant rabbits were not appropriate for a building intended for city workers, not families or children.

"The rabbits rob this tremendous project of the respect it deserves and plays down its credibility," he said.

"I totally oppose it. Bunnies at a low-cost housing project for city workers? You have got to be kidding."

Cr Butler was supported by Cr Judy McEvoy and Cr Lyndon Rodgers but they were defeated by the votes of the remaining five councillors and Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

Ms Scaffidi said the light-up rabbits were playful and provoked discussion, a key element of public art.

The development aims to provide affordable housing for city workers.

The West Australian

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