The first UK commission of renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman HippopoThames launched the inaugural Totally Thames season arriving at Nine Elms.
Taking in a host of iconic London landmarks en route including the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament. he basked in the shadow of one of London’s favourite landmarks Battersea Power Station, in full view of the changing skyline within central London’s newest district.
During his month-long stay at Nine Elms on the South Bank, HippopoThames captured the hearts of local residents and attracted visitors from around the world. Guided foreshore access enabled passers-by to get up close and personal and HippopoThames also received the ultimate accolade – a spoof Twitter account in his honour.
Commissioned by Thames Festival Trust with the Mayor of London, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, Wanda One (UK) and Vauxhall One; with support from Wandsworth Council, Lambeth Council, Bellway Homes, Ballymore Group, Battersea Power Station Development Company, Citygrove, CLS Holdings, St James Group, Berkeley Homes, Barratt London, Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.