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Cute Gigantic Muskrat Sculpture Pops Up in the Dutch Countryside!
Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On April 11, 2012 @ 1:00 am In Animals,Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycling / Compost | No Comments
Made from local biodegradable materials, the cute giant sculpture blends 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 Musk Rat was mainly built with local sustainable materials – he started with a wooden structure covered with local thatch.
Thatch  is a low-cost material widely used for building roofs and made from various typed of dry vegetation like straw, water reed, or sedge. The rat’s wooden structure was prefabricated  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.
Photos © Florentijn Hofman
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URLs in this post:
 Florentijn Hofman: http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/
 muskrat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat
 dykes: http://geography.about.com/od/specificplacesofinterest/a/dykes.htm
 Hofman: http://inhabitat.com/big-yellow-bunny-made-from-local-swedish-materials-is-easily-the-size-of-a-building/big-yellow-rabbit-florentijn-hofman-1/
 Thatch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatching
 prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/green-guide-to-prefab-the-history-of-the-kit-home/
 Dutch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands
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