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Giant Rubber Ducks, The Worldwide Tour

THE STANDARD, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong)

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HONG KONG- A five-story-high rubber duck floated into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on Thursday morning. Maybe you've seen this before. Maybe not. Maybe you're really not amused?

Well this particular duck happens to be a piece of conceptual art from Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman; and the 16.5-meters tall yellow installation is not just a simple super-sizing of a your favorite bathtime friend, but a political statement. Hong Kong's The Standard daily quoted the artist as saying that the duckie "knows no frontiers; it doesn't discriminate or have political connotation." 

"The friendly, floating rubber duck has healing properties," says Hofman on his website. "It can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"

The duck will be on display near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui until June 9, according to the South China Morning Post.

This isn't the first time the duck has made an appearance -- it's actually on a worldwide tour! From Sydney to Sao Paolo and the Loire Valley in France to Osaka, these ducks are off to see the world!

1. Victoria Harbor 2013

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HONG KONG

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The duck floated into Victoria harbor this morning and was met by a cheering crowd.

Hofman himself was there to oversee proceedings and RYOT news outlet writes that the artist was overwhelmed by the support shown.

 

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2. Darling Harbor 2013

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The duck came to Sydney's Darling Harbor in January this year. Sydney's Festival site described the duck as "surprising, whimsical, and a whole lot of fun for no apparent reason!"

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3. Onomichi 2012

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The rubber duck came to Onomichi, Hiroshima in July 2012 for the Umi Festa. 

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4. Osaka 2009

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The rubber duck project also made its way to nearby Osaka in Japan. 

 [Photo via The_Bright_Lights tumblr.]  

5. Auckland, 2011

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This duck was locally built, says 3News, in Whangarei. It stood at 12m x 14m and coincided with the launch of a new TV channel. 

 [Photo by crazyscot via Flickr]  

6. Rotterdam 2008

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Rotterdam is where Florentin Hofman is based, and the project was born here. Hofman used rubber coated PVC to build the duck on a pontoon with a generator.

[Photo by Gastev via Flickr]   

7. Sesame Street

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The fairest duckie of them all!! Courtesy of Sesame Street, USA...

   
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