Leiko Ikemura: Usagi Kannon II Yorkshire Sculpture Park
“Usagi Kannon II [Rabbit Madonna] is a bronze figure with rabbit ears and a crying human face, which is one of Ikemura’s most significant motifs. The character was first created in 2011 in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the subsequent reported birth defects in animals.
The artist describes this hybrid creature as a symbol of universal mourning with its bell-shaped skirt acting as protective shrine. Questioning the cycle of creation and destruction, her work shares her concerns for the future of our planet at a time when natural habitats are increasingly under threat.”
Above image by Loz Pycock
Photogrammetry Source Photography by Ryoko Matsuba & Naomi Hughes-White