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Giant hippopotamus sculpture floats through London

HippopoThames is the latest installation artwork by Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman, the man who for years has been commissioned to float giant rubber ducks in urban harbours from L.A. to Hong Kong. The 21-metre-long hippo is on display off London's South Bank until the end of September.

HippopoThames

A 21-metre-long hippo sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, known for his Rubber Duck installation, is towed up the Thames to London's South Bank 1:10

HippopoThames, a 21-metre-long wooden hippopotamus seen floating through central London on Wednesday, is the latest work by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, best known for his Rubber Duck installation that has bobbed in waterways around the world since 2007. 

Known for his playful, oversized installation art, the inspiration for Hofman's latest work came after the 37-year-old sculptor learned prehistoric hippopotamuses once called the Thames home. Its design, which required it to fit under several bridges and is reminiscent of a grinning cartoon character, came in a flash while Hofman was reading to his young daughter.