Year 9 and 10 Elective Visual Arts are doing a unit on animal sculpture. “We are currently looking at the adorable ‘William the Hippo’ from the Met Museum – and have made our own little hippos out of clay,” commented Mrs McKenzie, Art Teacher.
The seemingly benign appearance that our sculptured hippos represent is misleading – the Ancient Egyptians considered the hippopotamus one of the most dangerous animals in the world.
“Some of the students have shown their own unique style and although most have sculpted normal hippos, others have made complete hippo families, and some have even made surrealist hippo appropriations of a hand morphed with a hippo,” Mrs McKenzie added. “I love it and there are lots of laughs in the process.”