yes, that is a tarp in a pond…

or, “what i did this weekend.”

this past Sunday afternoon saw a small bit of ceremony in the park across the street from my domicile.


all because of this tarp.

well, not really. actually it was because of what was under the tarp. which is probably obvious. nobody would have a ceremony to toss a tarp in a pond. i think.

so what was under the tarp?

a hippo.

no, really. a hippo.

some background information: Sculpture in the South is a local non-profit dedicated to promoting sculpture through education and the creation of a permanent sculpture collection to enhance Summerville‘s public spaces.

to fulfill this mission, each spring it hosts a sculpture show – both raising public awareness of sculpture and funds for purchasing sculptures for the town. the organization also accepts donations to help its mission.

so Sunday saw the unveiling and formal handover of the newest addition to Summerville’s wonderful public art collection. donated by Dora Ann and Jim Reaves, “Free Ride” is a life-size hippopotamus with a Purple Gallinule riding on its back.

sculpted by Paul Rhymer, “Free Ride” will be permanently installed in the pond at Shepard Park a little later this spring. Paul is a world traveler (he’s off to vacation in Africa this week, actually) whose day job is as a model maker and taxidermist for the Smithsonian. his wildlife sculpture captures the emotional impact of nature, based in his experiences in the wild places of the world.


so, please come see “Free Ride” once it’s been permanently installed – and while you’re here, check out the other works scattered around town.

quote of the day:

A hippo sandwich is easy to make.
All you do is simply take
One slice of bread,
One slice of cake,
Some mayonnaise
One onion ring,
One hippopotamus
One piece of string,
A dash of pepper —
That ought to do it.
And now comes the problem…
Biting into it!

– Shel Silverstein, Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich


2 Responses to “yes, that is a tarp in a pond…”

  1. Lowcountry Blogs » Blogwalking on Wednesday Says:

    […] A hippo in Summerville? […]

  2. juliapadg Says:

    Hello, neighbor. I live around the corner and walk down to the park all the time. I’m looking forward to seeing the hippo soon.

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