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Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer

The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens".

It is one of the hundred classical artworks that is currently on display, and the giant pink sculpture copy of the hare lying on the ground with its ears pressed along its back is set to be auctioned off later in the year.

A second copy of the sculpture is set to be carried through the city's first district again as part of the artistic promotion.

Albertina-Direktor Klaus Albrecht Schröder who unveiled the sculpture at the end of this week said: "Art is artificial".

He said: "Even the supposedly realistic Dürer hare is actually a quarter of the size of a real one, and is printed on a white background which means none of the natural landscape is available to see. It is therefore equally an artificial creation.

He said that the pink copy was an attempt to focus on the artificiality of the original artwork.

The original idea for the sculpture came in 2003 when the German concept artist Ottmar Hörl had gone to Albrecht Dürers hometown of Nürnberg to create a artificial lawn with 7000 copies of the Heyer in various shades of green.

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