Rubber duck artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant rabbit burns to a crisp in Taiwan

James Griffiths

A giant rabbit erected by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Taiwan has been severely burned after an accidental fire on Sunday night.

Investigations are ongoing and a cause has not yet been determined, but firefighters believe that the fire which engulfed the 24 metre tall rabbit – which was created for the annual Taoyuan Land Art Festival – was ignited by sparks from welding being done by workers disassembling festival structures nearby.

County officials said that Hofman had been informed of the accident and added that local authorities are considering seeking compensation from contractors for the blaze.

Commissioned by the Taiwanese government, Hofman’s latest installation project had been hugely popular, with more than two million visitors to the festival paying a visit to the giant rubber mammal.

The ‘moon rabbit’ is a symbol of altruism and love in the legend of the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival, which took place on September 8.

This is not the first time disaster has struck one of Hofman’s creations

A version of the artist’s giant rubber duck installed in Guiyang, Guizhou province in July was washed away by floods, while in January, the duck burst and deflated while visiting Taiwan’s Keelung Port.

Visitors take photos of the 25-meter-tall Moon Rabbit created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hoffman in Taoyuan, Taiwan on September 6, 2014. Photo: Xinhua


PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 September, 2014, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 September, 2014, 5:18pm