Internationally famous artist Florentijn Hofman (Delfzijl, 1977) does not settle for less. His sculptures are large, very large, and are bound to make an impression. Using local materials and craftsmen, artist Florentijn Hofman sculpted a gigantic sculpture of a muskrat taking a peaceful doze in the Dutch countryside. Located at Nieuwerkerk, the lowermost point in The Netherlands at 22.5 feet below sea level, this rodent sculpture was built to highlight the damage that these animals are said to cause to dykes. Taking up 105 x 26 x 40 feet of space, the hairy animal is obviously not aware of its real-life peers chewing and burrowing into the man-made sea barriers.
Made from local recyclable materials, the adorable giant sculpture mergers in with its surroundings. It was built back in 2004 to show the size of the problem that the animals are said to cause to waterworks and dykes in the geographically low-lying country. Hofman‘s Muskrat was mainly built with local maintainable materials, he started with a wooden structure covered with local roofing.
That is a low-cost material generally used for building roofs and made from various typed of dry vegetation like straw, water reed, or sedge. The rat’s wooden structure was manufactured in a workshop and taken on-site to be covered and sculpted with the dry plants. Big as the problem and cute as the real thing, Florentijn Hofman’s Muskrat has probably already melted back into the Dutch environment.
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