The Concrete Hippopotami of Tyneside

So imagine you live in a nondescript housing development where every dwelling is just like the others, with no distinguishing features. What’s a town to do? Add hippos, of course! At least that’s what Scottish artist Stan Bonnar thought 40 years ago when he sculpted these plump concrete figures in a courtyard at the Garth housing estate in Killingworth. They add a sense of fun and whimsy to what is otherwise a uniform (read BORING) housing development.

Killingworth Hippos

What are you waiting for? Hire a sculptor to create some hippos at your house today!

Tyneside’s hippos wallow in national approval at last
Photos of Northeast England
Killingworth concrete hippos feature in English Heritage guide