A six-story inflatable 'rubber duck' floated into Hong Kong's iconic harbor on Thursday (May 2) in front of delighted crowds.
The creator, Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, said that with Victoria Harbor as its bathtub, which takes 30 minutes to inflate, brings people back to their childlike and stress-free state but also makes them more conscious of each other.
"Well, it means, I mean that we're living on one planet, we're one family and all the waters in the world is our global bathtub and it joins people together, it makes us family. And it also means that we have to take care of each other, you know, and be responsible about this planet, as you are responsible about your own house and bath. That's the idea," said Hofman.
Hundreds of people lined the railings to watch the duck, surrounded by police boats, being towed into the harbor.
"She is very happy, because it is very huge, and we've never seen a huge duck in our harbor," said Hong Kong nurse, Jane Yu, watching with her two-year-old daughter.
Two six-year-olds, who performed at an earlier opening ceremony with their dance troop, said they liked the size.
"It is big like my grandma's house," said Jovani Kwok, dressed as a duckling.
"It's big like a ball," said Yumi Fung.
It is the first time the work by Hofman has been shown in Greater China, having already travelled to Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and many more countries since 2007.
But the 35-year-old artist said the South China Sea with its high waves and strong winds has been the most challenging location so far.
The duck will stay docked alongside shopping mall, Harbor City, who commissioned the work, until June 9 after which it will visit the USA and Middle East.
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