Paint a hippo at the farmers market this weekend

Hippos will be at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley this weekend.

This is one of the hippo sculptures that people at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market can help paint this weekend. Contributed by Hippo.com

Not just any hippos, of course. These are life-sized art hippos, ones that look like they are halfway submerged under the ground, from the Austin-based artist Faith Schexnayder.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, you can help paint them at the farmers market at 3200 Jones Road in Sunset Valley. The following Saturday (Feb. 25), the hippos and painting party will move to the downtown farmers market at Republic Square Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s part of a launch for the Austin-based insurance company, Hippo, which is opening its second headquarters downtown.

The hippos will be auctioned off to benefit the Special Olympics of Texas.

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