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Yes, that’s a hippo in a tutu and it’s coming to Lincoln Center

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Howard Halle

Usually a slow time for putting up public art, winter this year will see the installation of a whimsical outdoor sculpture on the Upper West Side starting February 7. The creation of Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, Hippo Ballerina, as it’s titled, is a 15-foot-high bronze of the titular beast wearing a tutu and a pair of pointe shoes. Inspired by the character Hyacinth Hippo from the Disney film, Fantasia, and modeled on the the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Impressionist master Edgar Degas, Hippo Ballerina will occupy Dante Park at the intersection of 64th Street and Broadway just outside Lincoln center. It will be on view through July 31, so expect tons of photos of it on Instagram. 

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