It’s been nearly two weeks since our last big-rubber-duck headline, so we’re behind quota. Fortunately, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has decided to grace the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung with an 18-meter specimen, which attracted 500,000 spectators on Saturday, despite the looming Typhoon Usagi.
Kaohsiung, apparently, has a long love affair with large rubber urban-bay-floating ducks, and demanded that theirs be the best one yet, as CNN reports:
Kaohsiung City’s love affair with the bird was kindled in 2009 when government officials went to see it on show in Osaka.
“When we found out the rubber duck was coming to Hong Kong this year, we sent Hofman photos of Kaohsiung City and our mayor sent him a letter,” said Zeno Lai, director general of the Kaohsiung Government Information Bureau and also the event’s spokesperson. […]
According to Lai, Hofman was persuaded to bring his rubber duck to Kaohsiung by the city’s tremendous enthusiasm for the unusual display.
Hofman has been gratified by the royal treatment he and his duck have received in Kaohsiung, said Lai.
“We understand there were minor technical issues with the duck when it was in Hong Kong and Beijing, so we tested everything at least three times,” said Lai. […]
“The rubber duck usually takes more than an hour to be inflated,” said Lai. “But in Kaohsiung, it only takes seven minutes.”
The team has promised to pass on its new techniques and any lessons learned to other Taiwanese cities set to receive the duck.
international, ahem, domestic, err… Taiwan tour will continue for the next several months.
[Image via Global Post]