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18 Public Art Shows to Get Excited About in NYC This Spring

March 24, 2017 - Artnet News | Kiki Olmedo & Sarah Cascone

Through there is still a chill in the air, and lingering remembrances of winter storm Stella have yet to melt entirely, spring officially arrived this week. In honor of the changing of the seasons, artnet News has rounded up the best public art currently on view or presently opening here in New York. Enjoy!


17. Bjørn Skaarup, Hippo Ballerina at Dante Park
A classic scene from Disney’s Fantasia, in which tutu-ed hippopotamuses dance the ballet, comes to life, fittingly, outside Lincoln Center. The two-and-a-half-ton bronze statue stands at over 15 feet tall, and is inspired by the iconic Little Dancer statue by Edgar Degas.


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NYC’s Latest Tourist Attraction Is a Hippo Ballerina

February 2, 2017 - Dance Magazine | Madeline Schrock

In honor of World Tutu Day (it’s 2/2/2017, get it?) we’re shining a light on the latest ballerina to make it big in New York City: She’s tall and quiet, with a captivating sparkle in her eye. She hangs out near Lincoln Center. She’s a traditionalist and prefers to rehearse in the old-style garb à la Degas-era Paris Opéra. She’s also a hippo.

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11 Outdoor Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in February 2017

January 26, 2017 - Untapped Cities | AFineLyne

A Hippo Ballerina Arrives in Dante Park...

Fend Off the February Blues with Art: Epic Sculpture Hippo Ballerina and Friends

December 27, 2016 - City Guide | Chelsea Grasso

Hippo Ballerina and her friends are coming to New York this February, 2017 to help melt away your February blues!

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

December 8, 2016 - TimeOut New York | 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 DegasHippo 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. 


Cathedral to Unveil “Carnival of the Animals” by Acclaimed Artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup

September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A lion on a rocking horse, a giraffe on stilts, a cheetah on a scooter, a kangaroo on a Pogo stick and the stand off between the tortoise and the hare, reimagined as a potato sack race, are just a few of the whimsical scenes from Danish bronze artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup that will be part of “Carnival of the Animals,” an outdoor sculpture exhibit on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Each of Skaarup’s eight bronze sculptures are inspired by ancient fables, art history, or modern animation and offer a whimsical story or allegory to decipher. The exhibit is available for public viewing from September 21, 2016 until November 28, 2016.



Bjørn Skaarup’s Bronze “Carnival” Features a Giraffe on Stilts and a Scooter-Riding Cheetah

March 25, 2016 - Artsy - Grace-Yvette Gemmell

For the offbeat cast of animals in his menagerie of bronze sculptures, Bjørn Skaarup draws from a diverse set of sources: classical mythology, ancient fables, modern animation, late Renaissance art, and 20th-century American popular culture. Cavalier Galleries in Connecticut recently exhibited “Carnival of the Animals,” a veritable zoo of these wild sculptures...

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New Exhibit At Bruce Museum In Greenwich Shows Animals In Whimsical Light

November 6, 2015

Visitors to Bruce Museum in Greenwich will see animals as they’ve never seen them before in a recently opened exhibition by Bjorn Okholm Skaarup...


Playful Animal Sculptures, Inspired by Art History

October 31, 2015 - NY Times - T Magazine by Julie Baumgardner

Instantly recognizable — and yet somehow unfamiliar — the sculptures in Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s “Carnival of the Animals” series may cause confusion. Is that rhino an Old Master? Is this bear a Lalannes? That reaction is exactly what the Danish-by-birth (and “uncompromising Italophile”) sculptor is going for. “I’ve always imagined my works to be some sort of imaginary collaboration between the old Cellini and a young Disney,” he says. “You know, the old stuff from the ’30s and ’40s, before it became this big old evil corporation that we know today.” To date, his whimsical, anthropomorphized bronze animals — “inspired by Italian classical bronze masters and by American Pop-art culture,” as the artist frames it — have mostly lined the promenades of Europe’s finest estates and museums. That changes this weekend, as Skaarup’s first-ever American museum retrospective opens at the Bruce Museum, the picturesque private-home institution in Greenwich, Conn...


Bruce Museum Opens Sculpture Exhibition

October 31, 2015 - Greenwich Sentinel

“Carnival of the Animals,” Danish sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s first American museum exhibition, opens at the Bruce Museum on Oct. 31. The sculpture exhibition presents a contemporary bestiary — or classical book of animals — in bronze.