HippopoThames: Sculpture by Florentijn Hofman
The latest floating sculpture resembling a hippopotamus by renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman consists of overlapping panels of wood with painted eyes, ears, and nose. The project is part of Totally Thames, a 30-day program of events taking place along the river.
The purpose of setting my sculptures in the public domain has always been to give members of the public a break from their daily routines, to inspire conversation and to cause astonishment. I hope the location of my sculpture will inspire passersby to engage with its surrounding area of Nine Elms on the South Bank, and to discover the various other events within the Totally Thames programme celebrating London’s river.