Hippo Square at Taipei Zoo was recently named to the list of the world’s 25 most creative statues and sculptures by Boredpanda, a U.S.-based visual art and design website.
Comprising a pod of semisubmerged hippos at play, the square came in at No. 15 out of more than 160 submissions from around the globe. It was praised for possessing extraordinary and pictureworthy qualities by the website.
Other entries on the list are “The Knotted Gun” at No. 7 in New York, Nelson Mandela Monument at No. 11 outside Durban and “Spider” at No. 14 in London.
According to Taipei Zoo, photographs of the square were probably submitted by members of the public, highlighting the growing reputation of the facility at home and abroad.
The square is the brainchild of former zoo Director Chen Pao-chung, who came up with the concept while looking for ways to complement the African Animal Area. After consulting with employees and designers, Chen greenlighted the square and it went on to become one of the facility’s signature nonliving attractions.
Attack of the hippos! These hippo sculptures appear to be coming straight out of the ground. People come from near and far to take photos with the cute bronze hippos….