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Old 06-13-2005, 10:22 AM   #1
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6/13/2005: Mud hippo



Nice work! The official caption has it: a performer reads a newspaper on the back of a mud sculpture of a hippopotamus, created by Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, at the arts Biennale in Venice.
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:26 AM   #2
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That looks more real than the baby elephant did.

Amazing work.

But one does have to ask what the artistic import of having the guy reading the paper on it's back is ... it's cool all by itself.
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:29 AM   #3
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Making it out of mud would mean that the finish would be easy to do. Seeing as hippos are generally coated in the stuff any way.
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:54 PM   #4
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I would prefer to see a performance artist reading the newspaper from the back of a live, angry hippo with an impacted wisdom tooth (if hippos get wisdom teeth that is).
THAT would be a performance.
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:09 PM   #5
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You have an eye for art.
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:08 PM   #6
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Very good work indeed. So realistic.
Is it just me, or........well, either the person is very small or the hippo is very large. I didn't think these guys got that big.
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:21 PM   #7
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This is the only picture I found that had a good comparison to the size of a hippo to a human. I apologize for it's graphic nature. It didn't suprise me that I couldn't find more pictures, because they are dangerous animals, and very deadly.

http://www.zwsafaris.com/photogaller...ER%20HIPPO.jpg

Forgive me, but here is a comparison

Looks like the mud hippo is probably is bigger than a normal hippo. The person also looks petite. Maybe she had to be lightweight because of what the sculpture is made out of?
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:09 PM   #8
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Thanx, Sweets.
That puts it in perspective. I do think the sculpture is a little large but not too bad. At any rate this is a very good peice of work.
Imagine that- an art work that I won't rant about & ridicule.
The extra size makes it even more intresting. 9.5
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:10 PM   #9
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Maybe it just wasn't mean to be life-size.
That picture of the dead hippo and the idiots that killed it is disgusting.
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:02 PM   #10
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This site has some good footage of hippos and water buffalos charging and, well,ahhh, getting their brains blown out.

http://www.nitroexpresssafaris.com/

Click on Play Video, not for the faint of heart! Here's and image from his photos section for perspective
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:09 PM   #11
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Since it's mud I guess they won't be moving it anywhere.
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Old 06-13-2005, 08:14 PM   #12
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I wonder if there's a substructure. If not I bet it's one heavy exhibit.
Either way XOB, You're right. It would be hell to move, if not impossible.
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:16 PM   #13
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:01 AM   #14
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Anybody else but me think the bore on those rifles looks way to small to put down an animal significantly larger than a squirrel?
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:36 AM   #15
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The nitroexpress hunting safari pages were a bit much for me- seeing all those lions with dead eyes. I'm used to seeing the inteligence and spirit of the animal. I'm not against hunting in the abstract but it seems that those animals are too magnificent- and rare- to hunt.
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