Photo from www.florentignhofman.nl
I'm a city planner by trade but I'm not going to wax-urbanic on this project and spout off a bunch of jargon about "Sense of Play" in urban centers, or the role of public art in our civic spaces... I'm just going to tell you, I am obsessed with this ducking duck.
This thing has been all over the world y'all, like Beijing, Sydney and Sau Paulo. Locavores are most likely hating on it's carbon miles count, but this bird's totally free range. The artist behind this project, Florentijn Hofman, says, “the rubber duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation" which is evident in the throngs of people who show up to greet this thing when it floats into harbor. I have been weirdly internet stalking this project since 2009. I am a die hard giant rubber ducky fan, and I've put it on my bucket list to bring this project to Orlando before I die.
Photos from www.florentijnhofman.nl
Sadly this week, the bird burst. For the second time. In the same harbor. For some reason this ducky just doesn't mix well with the portcity of Keelung, in the north of Taiwan. Some people would think it was vengeful mermaids, or a sunken pirate ship that punctured the sculpture, but according to a witness account on cnn.com, it was either jealous eagles or unseasonably hot sunshine that did this bird in. All I know is that I feel like my heart burst with it.
Until we know for sure, all we're left with is the sad, puddly reminder of the joy that was the giant Rubber Ducky.
While we wait for the inevitable resurrection of the Rubber Ducky lord and savior, feel free to check out the artist's other amazing giant sculptures HERE and watch this behind the scenes video by euromaxx below!