The new attraction includes a copy of Burden’s “Urban Light” called “Love Light,” a version of Kusama’s “Obliteration Room” dubbed “Love Lock,” and a whole section called “Museum of Ice Cream.”
A new tourism park in Indonesia aiming to be a destination for selfies is under fire for its attractions that copy widely recognized contemporary artworks. Last week, photographs from the Bandung-based operation, named Rabbit Town, circulated widely, showing that it features installations nearly identical to immersive works by Chris Burden and Yayoi Kusama. Users on social media have since called out the attraction for blatant plagiarism and lack of creativity.
The tourist destination, whose slogan is “The Way to More Happiness,” officially opened last month and offers family-friendly activities such as rabbit-feeding and amusement rides. The attraction it promotes the most, however, is “Love Light,” a group of white street lamps arranged in a grid and intended solely as a site for a photo opportunity. It is nearly identical to “Urban Light,” the assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden, which has stood at the entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2008. The similarity was made widely known after Diet Prada, the Instagram account that calls out knock-offs, posted a comparison image with the caption, “Hey @rabbittown.id … it’s cool you wanna bring some LA flavor to Indonesia, but blocking the people tagging @lacma in the comments doesn’t really go with chill West coast vibes… Chris Burden’s ‘Urban Lights’ installation is pretty iconic lol.”
Rabbit Town has since disabled the comments section of its Instagram, where people have been pointing out the similarities to Burden’s work. It has not responded to Hyperallergic’s inquiries. LACMA and Gagosian Gallery, which represents the late artist, have also not responded to requests for comment.