While many Chinese cities have copied the Hong Kong duck to greater and lesser degrees — much to the chagrin of expert copyright lawyer Florentijn Hofman — Shanghai decided to go the more inventive route: re-fashioning one of the city’s ferries as a roast duck.
According to the Shanghai Daily however, local residents are less than impressed:
A renovated ferry, nicknamed “Shanghai Duck,” was given a roaring thumbs-down after it made its first appearance on the waters of Huangpu yesterday.
The “roasted duck” look was nowhere close to the work of the Dutch artist and even failed to meet the local artistic expectations, netizens moaned.
Netizens complained that the ferry didn’t look anything like Hofman’s own (derivative) duck, though the artist responsible did spout some verbal diarrhoea about the genesis of the project that would make even Florentijn blush:
The roasted body is a metaphor for this summer’s scorching weather that should remind people on the need to protect the environment, Han [Beishi] explained.
He said the thousands of newspapers covering the duck implied that “civilization, order and principles will all take a back seat” to entertainment.
“I feel ashamed that a metropolis like Shanghai showcases such a strange artwork … it cannot be called an artwork actually,” a local resident told the Shanghai Daily.
Yes, because public art in China is always of INCREDIBLE QUALITY.
[Image credit: Xinhua]