A giant hippo makes a splash into the River Thames

A giant hippo makes a splash into the River Thames

London's new floating art piece

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Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has made his grand entrance to the UK by floating a gigantic hippo sculpture down the River Thames

The nearly 21-metre-long replica of the water mammal – named HippopoThames – is the latest project of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. The fun sculpture was commissioned by the Thames Festival Trust, which had approached Hofma to design artwork for Totally Thames, an annual festival celebrating the river

The giant hippo – which is a follow up to his famous inflatable duck – was manufactured in East London's Royal Docks using wood paneling throughout and is now anchored at Nine Elms on the South Bank in London, remaining there until September 28 when the Totally Thames celebration comes to an end. 

“I wanted to use the hippo to get people out of their homes, away from the Internet and the TV, and to explore London with a new perspective,” Hofman said of his new piece. 

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