The Flatiron Partnership just welcomed Hippo Ballerina, by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, to the South Plaza. Inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans) and the dancing hippos of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Hippo Ballerina vividly illustrates the artist’s ability to reinterpret subjects and themes found in ancient myths, art history, modern animation, and contemporary popular culture in playful ways that engage the viewer.
“Standing over 15 feet high, Hippo Ballerina has found a happy home among New York’s skyscrapers. Last seen opposite Lincoln Center in 2017, she has now made her way down Broadway, beside the iconic Flatiron Building, facing the Empire State Building. I am delighted when people of all ages interact with the bronze sculpture, as they pass, smiling and even posting photos to #dancewithhippoballerina. I know that Hippo Ballerina will enjoy living downtown!” said the artist, Skaarup.
To welcome Hippo Ballerina to the Flatiron District, and to make the most of the day before NYC public schools open for the fall semester, please join the Flatiron Partnership for some themed programming (including, of course, Hungry Hungry Hippos and a selection of tutus for you to grab an epic pic) on Wednesday, September 4th from 10 am to 2 pm. Click here for more information.
The installation on the South Plaza is made possible through a partnership with NYC DOT Art & Event Programming who commissions and oversees the installation of temporary public artwork, including the Partnerships’ annual holiday installation on the North Plaza; Cavalier Galleries, who for over 30 years has offered an unparalleled selection of fine art at premier exhibition spaces in Greenwich, Nantucket, and New York; and the Flatiron Partnership.
While you’re there, step across the street to view Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park.