Born Great “Lizzo the Hippo”

by Sundie&Brad Ruppert


1 in stock (can be backordered)

The hippopotamus reminds you that you are born great, and you have the potential to become whoever you want to be. Standing for creativity, practicality and stability, the hippo reminds you to follow your intuition and maintain a grounded and practical lifestyle. Nothing is more practical than the repurposing of materials to create art. We have saved thousands of pounds of hatmakers felt from the landfill by cutting and nailing each piece to a carved wood base creating sculptures filled with texture, depth and detail. The face details on this piece are so intricate that each whisker is cut out of metal and painted with a fine tip brush. The background and frame are wood, collaged with layers of vintage papers which are alternately painted, rubbed with pastels and sanded to reveal hints of hidden elements. 48″x36″x3.5″

**SHIPPING will be handled as a separate transaction between the artist and collector directly. As a rule, pieces this size will run approx 10-15% of cost and we prefer to use a door to door shipping service. Email us at

    Sundie&Brad Ruppert

    Sundie&Brad Ruppert


    Norwalk, IA

    "Brad and Sundie Ruppert have built a career on challenging themselves to utilize what most people “look” at as useless and create innovative works of art. Their multi-dimensional SculplturalFelt pieces crafted of rescued hatmaker’s felt are included in personal and corporate collections around the world."



All of our pieces are scalable so contact us if you need a different size or color

Additional information

Weight 100 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 36 × 3.5 in

Shipping Countries: United States (US)

Ready to ship in 2-3 weeks


Shipping Policy

1. All S&H is billed separately and is a transaction between the artist and the collector directly.

 2. Pieces are individually priced for shipping based on size and weight. Most pieces ship UPS with insurance and run approximately 10% of the cost of the artwork. Exceptions to that rule are smaller pieces like Hearts which average about 5% and large pieces may run up to 20%. Destination location is also variable factor.

3. Large to XLarge pieces, we prefer to ship via private door to door shipping service. Timeframes are usually longer for this service but it ensures the utmost care in delivery.

4. "LOCAL" PICK UP/DELIVERY is also available depending on your location. Email us for specific details at
Metro Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona area January-March
Metro Des Moines, Iowa area April-December


Refund Policy

No refunds, credit only.