Alt News May 2, 2013
Giant Rubber Duck Sails Into Hong Kong


Sesame Street, and Ernie specifically, taught us that Rubber Ducky was the one who made bathtime lots of fun.

Well, a Dutch conceptual artist named Florentijn Hofman has upped the fun ante by creating a giant inflatable rubber duck. And this one is currently floating in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.


Since 2007, the 16.5 metre (54 foot) tall Rubber Duck has traveled to a dozen cities around the world, including Osaka, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Amsterdam in Holland.

Photos via Florentijn Hofman. The duck being welcomed in Osaka Japan

It'll be shown at Hong Kong's Ocean Terminal for a month and is the first floating exhibition the city has ever had.

As Hofman puts it, the rubber duck "knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate against people and doesn't have a political connotation." Rubber ducks bring back "childhood memories...and connects everyone."


Australian director Patrick Nolan, who filmed a harbour spectacle in Sydney when the duck arrived down under, said "there is something about it that's quite joyous... it has a presence and an energy."

Via This is Colossal


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