Hippopotamuses used to live and swim in the River Thames in London, England, and thanks to HippopoThames, a floating, wooden hippo sculpture by renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, that fact is becoming better known. “HippopoThames” is a play on words, mixing the river’s name with the French word for hippopotamus: hippopotame.
Hofman is best known for his giant floating rubber duck. This most recent floating animal was inspired by a children’s book that belongs to his daughter.
The installation is a part of the Totally Thames event, on display at Nine Elms on the South Bank from September 2-28, 2014.
In the archives: more giant animals from Florentijn Hofman.