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Huge hippo surfaces on the Thames

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:17

Renowned Dutch artists's hippo sculpture is towed along London's River Thames. Sharon Reich reports.

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That is a giant hippopotamus. The 69 foot long "Hippopo Thames" installation is floating in London's river throughout September. It's the creation of renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is best known for his 'Rubber Duck' sculptures, which bobbed in bodies of water around the world. SOUNDBITE: Artist Florentijn Hofman saying (English): "Well the inspiration was the children's book of my daughter, where the design of a hippo was drawn, and when I came to London I knew the restrictions of the 6-metre-high bridge, so I needed a stretched object, and together with this design of this hippo in the booklet of my daughter, I designed a 3D model out of it." The Dutch artist's most recent piece is his first UK commission. The hippo was towed upriver from its building site to its current position on London's South Bank. SOUNDBITE: Artist Florentijn Hofman saying (English): "We took around six weeks to design it and to make technical drawings, and then the crew took I think six weeks to build it here in London." And it seems there may be more to 'HippopoThames' than meets the eye. Hofman says there's something inside this giant ... but he's not giving hints any time soon.

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Huge hippo surfaces on the Thames

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:17