But the duck has a serious message too. Artist Florentjin Hofman described the duck as a global ambassador, reports Jeffrey Marlow for Wired: ““We are living on one planet,” he told WESA Pittsburgh, “and all the waters in the world become our global bathtub, so we are one family where we have to take care of each other in this bathtub of the rubber duck.” Be sure to check out Marlow’s photos, too.
The artist’s website notes: “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!”
With the huge sculptures, Hofman not only seeks reactions from audiences, but also,makes them part of his work. “An encounter with one of Hofman’s extraordinary sculptures invites us to stand still for a moment and to look; to really look and to take a picture if you like,” notes his bio. “Hofman: ‘My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. Passers-by stop in front of them, get off their bicycle and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again.'”
The duck headed off to Taipai, where sadly an earthquake led to deflation.
So true. The duck is said to pop up in cities, previously in Auckland and Hong Kong. Lucky Pittsburgh was the US debut, and maybe the duck will make its way to Seattle soon ….
Photo, courtesy of Joe Froetschel – and be sure to check out the photos from Hofman.