Today, February 15th, marks the celebration of Hippo Day and I'm once again honoring it by giving a shout out to this amazing animal! According to a number of sources (including my 2/15/2018 blog post), hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the river horse.
While hippos love water, New Yorkers and a few artists seem to love hippos!
Why do I say this?
For one thing, sculptures depicting this animal type of animal can be found within a playground in Central Park known as Safari Play Ground. A picture of one of these works of art is featured in the set of photographs atop this entry.
Another NYC hippo includes the one that can be found near The Children's Zoo as he/she is part of the array of animals featured in the Delacorte Clock's animal sculptures. Photo-ops the clock's hippo as he/she makes his/her around the top of the (counter clock wise) the clock (while playing a violin) can be seen directly below, where his/her positioning is indicated by a pink square.
In addition to being the inspiration for Central Park sculptures other artists have also based their works on this creature.
An example of this can be seen in a Christmas tree ornament (seen below) created by artist, Patience Brewster, which I gave to my sister's family a few years ago.
Additionally, a hippo serves as a muse for Bjørn Okholm Skaarup's Hippo Ballerina, who has been featured in at least one prior post here on Blogger,
Moreover, this the likeness of a hippopotamus has also been rendered into a ballon for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade! Depending on the winds, he/she has "marched" at various heights over the years.
He/she has even stopped to peer into the windows of a posh building on CPW!