The huge animal figure was inspired by the aardvark-a nocturnal species indigenous to Africa that is also known as the “African antbear” or “anteater.” The Arnhem Zoo is the only place in The Netherlands where this mid-sized mammal can be seen and the zoo decided to use it as the trademark for its anniversary.
The huge concrete sculpture weights 150,000 tons and had to be transported to the zoo in pieces. The huge metal skeleton of the animal, which consists of kilometers of reinforcing steel wire and flanges, is covered with concrete and a special coating that allows visitors to interact with the enormous sculpture.
Unveiled on Thursday, the Aardvark soon became a playground for children and a gathering site for visitors. Passersby were able to stand on at, climb on it and socialize around it.