A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream or nightmare? Rabbit at Chinatown Point gets a proper face following complaints

The rabbit statue outside Chinatown Point now has a face, just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
PHOTO: Lianhe Zaobao

Is this decoration supposed to be for the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Hungry Ghost Festival?

Those who frequent Chinatown Point have been greeted by this statue of a faceless rabbit right outside the mall's entrance in recent days.

For the uninitiated, the jade rabbit is a companion of moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese folklore.

But this faceless rendition of the mythical creature is too spooky for some shoppers to be considered part of the festivities.

Speaking to Shin Min Daily News on Aug 26, 40-year-old Lai shared that the decor was too modern and unconventional for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Another member of the public, surnamed Lin, felt that the rabbit needed some facial features to be cute.

But there is a reason behind this faceless rabbit statue.

Taking to Facebook on Aug 29, Chinatown Point called for the public to "design the rabbit", and said that the best entry will win $100 worth of FairPrice vouchers. The winning design would "come alive" after Sept 1.

[GIVEAWAY] Let your creativity run wild and give our Celestial Rabbit the cutest facial features you can imagine using...

Posted by Chinatown Point on Monday, August 29, 2022

From the adorable to the derpy, creative Singaporeans gave it a go for the competition.

PHOTOS: Facebook/Chinatown Point
PHOTOS: Facebook/Chinatown Point

Now, the rabbit has a face, just in time for the occasion.

One design — a bright-eyed bunny with a crescent moon and five stars its forehead — was emerged tops among 106 entries, a Chinatown Point spokesperson told Lianhe Zaobao.

Thank you #CTPFAM for helping us to bring our Celestial Rabbit to life, adorably designed by the fan-favourite RuiTing...

Posted by Chinatown Point on Tuesday, September 6, 2022

In 2019, members of the public also complained that a lantern of Chang'e in Chinatown looked too androgynous for their liking.

"If it weren't for the white rabbit she held in her right hand, I wouldn't have thought that the figure was Chang'e," a passer-by said at the time.

The two-storey-tall lantern was later given "plastic surgery" overnight to sport more feminine features.

chingshijie@asiaone.com