This morning when I woke up, I was greeted in emails by 1 video from my sister-in-law and 2 photos from my Dad and nephew in Hong Kong all on the same subject. What can they be so excited about?
The World’s Largest Rubber Duck has arrived in Hong Kong! The Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed this giant inflatable “Rubber Duck,” a 46 feet by 55 feet floating sculpture, that is tugged around by a small tug boat. The giant duck started “sailing” around the world in 2007, and could be seen in St. Nazaire (FR), Sao Paulo (BR), Auckland (NZ), Hasselt (BE),Osaka and Hiroshima (JP), Sydney (AUS), Nürnberg (DE), Amsterdam (NL) and now Hong Kong.
According to the artist:
“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!”
Just watching the video, I can already imagine the smiles, happy memories and the wonder this duck will bring to everyone’s face and heart. It is an immediate and simple joy which everyone can appreciate – no complexity in art, no agenda, just a floating duck blobbing around, bringing back favourite childhood moments! I think this is not just artwork, but simple human nature at its best – sharing the joy!