Bjorn Skaarup's Hippo Ballerina Unveiling and Instameet

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

12:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.

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Please join us to celebrate the unveiling of Danish artist Bjorn Skaarup's monumental bronze sculpture, Hippo Ballerina. The copper tutu-clad bronze sculpture stands over 15-foot tall and is Skaarup's first US public art installation. Inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and the dancing hippos of Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Hippo Ballerina vividly illustrates Skaarup’s ability to reinterpret subjects and themes found in ancient myths, art history, modern animation, and contemporary popular culture in playful ways that are accessible to visitors at any age! Come join in the fun on Feb. 7!

Visitors are invited to strike a pose with the dashing diva. You can post photos on your Instagram page from Feb. 7 – March 31, 2017 for a chance to win a limited-edition Hippo Tightrope Ballerina etching by the artist Bjorn Skaarup, plus two tickets to a ballet performance at Lincoln Center. Please read the contest entry instructions and rules.

Remarks will be given at 1:30 PM by the artist and representatives from the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, NYC Parks, and Cavalier Galleries The event will also include a photo-op with Hippo Ballerina, artist Bjorn Skaarup, Prima Ballerina Cynthia Harver, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and seven ABT School students.

The sculpture will be on view from February 7, 2017 through July 31, 2017.

Watch Live
Can't make it? Tune in to NYC Parks on Periscope at 2:00 p.m. for a 360-degree tour of Hippo Ballerina at Dante Park. 


Location Details:
North end of Dante Park



Event Organizer

Art & Antiquities, Cavalier Galleries, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Contact Number

(212) 360-8114

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