Art-T. #2 – ‘Rubber Duck’ by Florentijn Hofman

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Florentijn Hofman was born in 1977 in Delfzijl (NL). The Rubber Duck is a giant inflatable yellow rubber duck, based on the standard model that everyone is familiar with.

Created in 2007, the impressive rubber duck travels the world and pops up in many different places:  Beijing (China, 2013), Hong Kong (China, 2013), Pittsburgh (USA, 2013), Baku (Azerbaijan, 2013), Sydney (Australia, 2013), Onomichi (Japan, 2012), Auckland (New Zealand, 2011), Osaka (Japan, 2009), Hasselt (Belgium, 2009), Nuremberg (Germany, 2008), Sao Paulo (Brasil, 2008)…

On display in Taiwan between September 2013 and January 2014, Rubber Duck got damaged several times there. It deflated in November during Typhoon Usagi and burst at Keelung port on December, 31st a few hours before New Year celebration. Eyewitness said it might have fallen victim to eagles, organisers stated that the duck burst because of rising pressure caused by rapid temperature changes. It returned to Keelung port two days later after it was repaired and cleaned.
Despite its misfortunes, media report it attracted more than four million visitors during its display in Taiwan.

After Taiwan it has continued its world tour with a stop in Australia (once again). 10-19 January 2014, Florentijn Hofman’s giant Rubber Duck took up a floating residence in Parramatta as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival – a music and art celebration.

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Florentijn Hofman outlines his sculptures: « My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. People are making contact with each other again. »

He adds about 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. »

Learn more: www.florentijnhofman.nl

Sources: AFP LeFigaro Florentijn Hofman

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