Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 This rabbit is half the size of a man. It’s vulgar and kitsch, but revels in it. Koons used cast stainless steel to imitate a cheap, throw-away balloon. The delicate crimples make it appear weightless; we want to squeeze it, even pop it, but are repelled by its grotesque and violent appearance. The carrot he is brandishing looks more like a knife. When we look into the featureless face of the rabbit we’re forced to look back at ourselves and the world around us.