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archiemcphee:

Renown Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously featured here) continues to make the world a more whimsical place with his extraordinary large-scale animal sculptures. His latest piece is this awesome floating hippopotamus, a follow-up to his famous giant Rubber Duck (that’s still on a floating world tour). Called the HippopoThames, the gargantuan wooden creature is in London for Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of the River Thames all along its 42 London miles, hosted by the Thames Festival Trust.

Hofman’s giant hippo is made of overlapping wood panels constructed on a river barge and measures 21 meter (~69 feet) long. He’s got huge painted eyes, large (yet adorable) pink ears and nostrils and seems perfectly content to float in the river.

‘The purpose of setting my sculptures in the public domain has always been to give members of the public a break from their daily routines, to inspire conversation and to cause astonishment.’ Hofman describes ‘I hope the location of my sculpture will inspire passers-by to engage with its surrounding area of Nine Elms on the South Bank, and to discover the various other events within the Totally Thames programme celebrating London’s river.’

The HippopoThames is currently floating on the South Bank of the river in the Nine Elms district, where he’ll be until September 28, 2014.

Click here for timelapse video of the construction of the HippopoThames.

[via designboom, The Telegraph and Totally Thames]

meninblazers:

20 years ago this month, EA SPORTS delivered a magnificent cover for FIFA ‘95. Sega was the platform and the poster boy was all Ginger and resplendent. How far football, gaming, and the FIFA Franchise have come so, so fast…

anglophenia:

Are you missing London? Does this help or make it worse?!?

anglophenia:

Are you missing London? Does this help or make it worse?!?

archiemcphee:

Some things are so awesomely enormous that it’s difficult to grasp just how big they are until they’re put into a more relatable perspective. Today, thanks to Belgian amateur astronomer Michel (@quark1972), we get to appreciate the size of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (aka the rubber ducky comet).
This is the comet that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft reached on August 6, 2014 after a ten year, five month and four day-long journey nearly 4 million miles into space. The Rosetta will now spend the next two years studying the comet, including the deployment of a lander, the Philae, down to the comet’s surface.
Head over to the ESA website to learn lots more about this amazing mission.
[via io9]

archiemcphee:

Some things are so awesomely enormous that it’s difficult to grasp just how big they are until they’re put into a more relatable perspective. Today, thanks to Belgian amateur astronomer Michel (@quark1972), we get to appreciate the size of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (aka the rubber ducky comet).

This is the comet that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft reached on August 6, 2014 after a ten year, five month and four day-long journey nearly 4 million miles into space. The Rosetta will now spend the next two years studying the comet, including the deployment of a lander, the Philae, down to the comet’s surface.

Head over to the ESA website to learn lots more about this amazing mission.

[via io9]