Have you spotted the huge hippo floating down the Thames?

Posted at 4:00 pm, September 2, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, News
Hippo in the Thames, London Eye

[Photo: Steve Stills]

No, your eyes do not deceive you, that really is a humongous hippo bobbing along the Thames. 

As part of the Totally Thames festival, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has created a 21 metre-long floating hippo sculpture which is semi-immersed to move with the tide. ‘HippopoThames’ is his first UK commission and as of 6.30pm today (September 2) after a swim down the Thames it will be settling into its new home at Nine Elms on the South Bank.

Hippo in Thames, Nine Elms

[Photo: Steve Stills]

Hofman is well known for larger-than-life sculptures – his giant rubber duck has been doing the rounds of big cities since 2007.

Florentijn Hofman HippopoTh

So why a hippo? Firstly, Hofman is hoping ‘to give members of the public a break from their daily routines, to inspire conversation and to cause astonishment.’ Sure. Secondly, and this is where it gets interesting, he was inspired by the fact that there used to be hippos living on the River Thames! But you knew that already, right?

Hippo in the Thames, Houses of Parliament

[Photo: Steve Stills]

Take a look at this cool timelapse video of the hippo being built:

Find out all about Totally Thames here.

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