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Florentijn Hofman


Rubber Duck

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!
China's first authentic version of the giant Rubber Duck that has made a splash around the world and inspired fakes across the country made its debut Friday — but some complained that visitors had to pay to see it. The inflatable yellow bird — which has made appearances from Australia to South America since 2007 — attracted huge attention in China after it arrived in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour to rave reviews, bobbing up and down in front of the city's distinctive urban skyline. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman promotes the oversized toy's universal appeal on his website as knowing 'no frontiers' and 'soft, friendly and suitable for all ages.' But the artwork took a commercial turn in China, with property developers setting up imitations in Hangzhou, Tianjin and other cities, that was criticized by the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece the People's Daily.
Rubber Duck is any of several giant floating sculptures designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. These were built in various sizes, ranging from the prototype which measured 1 inch to the one created in 2007 that is the largest rubber duck in the world, measuring 26×20×32 metres (85×66×105 ft) and weighing over 600 kg (1,300 lb). The creator of the giant rubber duck, Florentijn Hofman, tried to entertain the world by a tour named"Spreading joy around the world" established in 2007. He aimed to recall everyone's childhood memories by exhibiting the duck in 14 cities, starting in his own Amsterdam, Netherlands. The giant rubber duck was constructed with more than 200 pieces of PVC. There is an opening at the back of the body so that architecture/ staff can perform a body check of the rubber duck. In addition, there is an electric fan in its body so that it can be inflated at any time, in either good or bad weather.
Harbour City has invited internationally acclaimed artist Florentijn Hofman to exhibit his masterpiece – the gigantic inflatable 'Rubber Duck' in Hong Kong from 2 May to 9 June 2013. The 16.5-meter-high 'Rubber Duck' will travel to Greater China for the very first time and be on display at Ocean Terminal, Harbour City. Since 2007, 'Rubber Duck' has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities, including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and many more. With Victoria Harbour as its giant bathtub, the 'Rubber Duck' is literally the first Hong Kong maritime art exhibition, providing a unique contrast with the surrounding environment. Inspired by the soft yellow bath time toy, 'Rubber Duck' is a symbol of joy and happiness conjuring up childhood memories and nostalgia. Spreading joy further around the city, the exhibition will extend from Victoria Harbour to the Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City, as well as 'Gallery by the Harbour.' With a 'Rubber Duck' Photo Exhibition to demonstrate all the places visited by the 'Rubber Duck' over the years.