A new art installation in Hong Kong is going swimmingly, turning heads and gaining popularity as the gigantic inflatable rubber duck floats close to shore.
This adorable bright-yellow sculpture was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. It’s over six stories tall and was built of PVC material in New Zealand by a company that makes large sails for boats.
Crowds reacted favorably to the duck recently as it was pulled by tugboat across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. The artist was on hand to help guide the duck as it arrived and mentioned that it had to be deflated afterwards because of “challenging” high winds and waves. The duck does look very majestic in front of Hong Kong's skyscrapers, where it will be anchored until June.
Tourist Zhang Wenjin from Shanghai welcomes the art installation. “My daughter liked it when she saw it just now. Because kids like cute stuff," he said. 2-year-old Yu Kwan Yee of Hong Kong had this to say, "The ducky is swimming.” That is correct!
The installation has been making a splash around the world since 2007. So far it’s been to Osaka, Japan, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Auckland, New Zealand, and Amsterdam. There’s no official word on where it’ll be next, but wouldn’t somewhere in the U.S. be just ducky?