Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above #2 – What is the Duckie? Why is it a Fad in Hong Kong?

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This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – from above

I just reblogged another post and thought I could add-on to it.  But WordPress messed up all the pictures and contents when it is reblogged.  I may as well write another post.

I am interested in the Duckie because my friends from Hong Kong are talking about it.

As this Duckie has become Talk of the Town in Hong Kong, I am interested to find out more about the Duckie and share with my readers.

My friends from Hong Kong just sent out a round of emails talking about Duckie.  One of my friends researched a little and found this from wiki:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_duck

“The World’s largest rubber duck was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in 2007, measuring 16.5 x 20 x 32 metres and weighing over 600 kg.[15][16] Since 2007, it has been on display in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Lommel (Belgium), Osaka (Japan), Sydney (Australia)Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Hong Kong (China) until 9 June 2013. Then it will go on display in the United States.[17]

Conception

The creator of the giant rubber duck, Florentijn Hofman, tried to entertain the world by a tour named “Spreading joy around the world” established in 2007. He aimed to recall everyone’s childhood memories by exhibiting the duck in 14 cities, starting in his own Amsterdam, Netherlands.[18] The giant rubber duck was constructed with more than 200 pieces of PVC [19]. There is an opening at the back of the body so that architecture/ staff can perform body check to the rubber duck. Besides, there is an electric fan in its body so that it can be inflated any time, no matter if the weather was good or bad.”

But where will it go next stop?

The following is extracted from CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/02/travel/hong-kong-giant-duck

“For children?

Though it may be modeled on a child’s toy, this massive public art installation isn’t just for kids.

“I see it as an adult thing. It makes you feel young again. It refers to your childhood when there was no stress or economic pressure, no worry about having to pay the rent,” said Hofman.

There were a lot of smiles and laughter as Rubber Duck made its splash but Hofman says he doesn’t expect everyone to react with big grins.

“If it makes you smile, then that’s OK, but maybe it makes you cry because of the urban environment. I make work not to give answers but to question things,” said the 36-year-old father of three.

Hofman conceived the idea for the project in 2001. Twelve years on his own reaction to Rubber Duck is no longer simple.

“It’s getting complex because I have so many thoughts about it and so many minutes of talking and thinking about it,” he said.

He urged everyone who can to get out and enjoy the free public art.

“Be amazed, be creative. Look at it with your eyes and absorb the energy of the work in this location,” he said.

Next stop for Rubber Duck is the United States. The exact destination is a closely guarded secret.

“I can’t say, it’s confidential,” said Hoffman.

“In the States it will stay a secret until the last week.”

Let us wait …may be it will come to San Francisco!

Public Art is wonderful.  More wonderful is the word “Duck” in Cantonese rhymes with ”       得     “.  On one of the pictures above, it said “Duck    到     快樂   ” which means “have got happiness”.  No wonder it has become a fad in Hong Kong!  Aren’t we all seek for happiness throughout our lives?

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. We enjoyed the Rubber Ducky first in Amsterdam and then in Sydney. They’re suggesting they may invite him to migrate Down Under for every future Sydney Festival. He’s very popular.

  2. friendlytm says:

    Hi , did you follow the Ducky or he followed you?
    Thanks for stopping by and your comments.

  3. seeker says:

    I have a rubber ducky at home. It’s a reminder to keep calm while my feet is ready to move away. 😛

  4. Very interesting and informative response to this weeks challenge! Thanks for visiting and liking my posting for the same challenge!

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