“HippopoThames” Hits London

A sculpture of a giant hippopotamus, “HippopoThames”, built by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed up the Thames under Westminster Bridge in central London, on September 2, 2014. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)

A sculpture of a giant hippopotamus, “HippopoThames”, built by artist Florentjin Hofman is towed up the Thames past the Houses of Parliament in central London, September 2, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters)

File photo dated September 2, 2014 of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s first ever UK commission “HippopoThames” being towed along the River Thames past the London Eye, from its build site at Royal Docks to its end position at Nine Elms on the South Bank. The sculpture, in part inspired by research from National History Museum palaeontologist Dr Victoria Herridge that hippos once swam in the Thames, is a 21-metre-long hippo called HippopoThames. The installation will be semi-immersed in the river and will rise and fall with the tide. Hofman is known for scaled-up sculptures, such as Rubber Duck which has travelled to several major cities since 2007, from Auckland and Sao Paulo to Hong Kong. Hofman’s sculptures often originate from everyday objects, but the design of his UK commission has been inspired by the fascinating prehistory of the River Thames. (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Wire)

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