Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman goes big – so big, that it’s practically impossible to miss his artistic statements. His latest work is a 46 feet tall and 55 feet long inflatable rubber duck, which today arrived to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and will stay there till June 9. Boldly called the Rubber Duck, this floating sculpture is described by Florentijn as a “very positive artistic statement that immediately connects people to their childhood”.
The world’s largest Rubber Duck has already been drawing the attention of the locals while being inflated in the shipyard in Tsing Yi. Even though this is the first time this floating sculpture has visited Hong Kong, it has already been to cities like m Auckland, Osaka, Sao Paolo and Sydney. As said in the official statement, “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!”
This duck is a very typical example of Florentijn’s style, as he says he is usually inspired by ordinary every-day objects, such as paper boats or mass-produced toy figures. Besides, he never settles for less than “humour, sensation and maximum impact”, and the Rubber Duck has got to be the best illustration of that!