Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup created the 15-foot-tall bronze “Hippo Ballerina” now standing in Dante Park at 64th and Broadway, across from Lincoln Center. It’s apparently modeled on Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

Thanks to Harriet Flehinger for the photo.

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    1. Wonderfully fun and whimsical and creative. Love it!

    2. 40UWS says:

      She’s wonderful!

    3. Ethan says:

      Will this be permanent?

    4. UWSHebrew says:

      Unless this is a hint at how many Americans are obese, I don’t see the point to this bronze Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. I prefer the whimsical bronze figures by Tom Otterness that are at the 14th street subway station.

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    6. Laura says:

      If we’re going large, a Botero would be nicer.

      • UWS_lifer says:

        Now this lady has taste….bravo!

        Botero is nothing short of brilliant.

        Viva Colombia!

      • Harriet says:

        But Botero is probably MUCH too pricey for the Public Art Fund budget.
        It will be on display until July of this year, according to the plaque on the base, for those of you who asked

    7. Judy Harris says:

      Obviously he has seen FANTASIA.

    8. Jean says:

      Looks to be a takeoff as well from Disney’s FANTASIA.

    9. Babs says:

      Reminds me of the hippo ballerinas in Fantasia

    10. Nancy Wight says:

      I doubt if the dancers across the street at NY City Ballet love this. I do not. Truly disgusting.

    11. Lulu says:

      Just plain stupid

    12. Shari says:

      okay.. just admit it.. she’s adorable!

    13. EricaC says:

      I think it is cute. Doesn’t seem to rise to the level of disgusting or offensive, which seems a bit strong, I wouldn’t think, though I can clearly see that many would dislike it.

    14. Wendy says:

      Wow, how I miss some of Denmark; which has an immigration crisis c.f. how [my] U.S.A.; which I was ‘kidnapped to’; has had since @ 1957. I could write some of this in the Danish language…Oh dear, I prefer “Willian” the hippo of the MET.. n.b. Grooks poems. I’ve sculpted ! What happened to The Big Apple Circus, after all ? &, to City Opera. Now, suffer in 2 slums; inc. re some of social work, some of gov’t; &, NOISE pollutions; &, UGLY-nesses. n.b. the Danish Royal Ballet. Tusind Tak/tack. [oops, my spelling]. Is Skaarup a town in Denmark ? Go’ ma’.

    15. Carlos says:

      I hope no public money was spent on this?

    16. Chuck D says:

      I think it is cool, but for some reason it really bothers me that it is looking away from the street.

    17. Julia S Tiller says:

      Love this art.. Commence negative comments by stuffy UWS peeps

      • lynn says:

        Why are people so concerned about a piece of art with everything that’s going on in this city, and the world, right now? What is it that’s so special about the UWS that this shouldn’t be here? If you don’t like it then don’t look at it. :/

    18. Sara Kier says:

      love this on line publication

    19. Damaris says:

      I totally love her she reminds me of Gloria from the Movie Madagascar.