Bronze Hippo is the Talk of Lincoln Center
02 Mar 2017
From now through July 31, 2017, visitors of New York’s Lincoln Center can feast their eyes on Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s latest creation: a 15-foot tall, 2 ½ ton bronze hippo clad in a copper tutu. The aptly-named Hippo Ballerina will make her home in Dante Park, where she’ll be close to her peers who perform across the street at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Skaarup, noted for his bronze animal statues, was inspired by the dancing hippos of Disney’s Fantasia and Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. In fact, Hippo Ballerina and Little Dancer are in similar poses:
Skaarup colors many of his works through a process called patination. This involves coating the copper with various chemical compounds which, when exposed to other atmospheric elements, applies a ‘patina’ that changes the color of the copper or bronze. The chemicals used will determine the color of the metal. Learn more about patinas and how to apply them here.
The Hippo even has her own Instagram account and a hashtag. Visitors can use the hashtag “#Dancewithhippoballerina” and follow her on Instagram @Dancewithhippoballerina to connect with others who have seen the titanic river horse herself. To learn more about the Hippo Ballerina and about how copper is used by artists worldwide, visit Copper in the Arts.