Tourists gathered at the Summer Palace in Beijing over the weekend to say goodbye to the giant yellow duck, which made its debut in the capital in September, and despite its critics, floated proudly there until October 27.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant floating sculpture made its way to mainland China after touring 13 cities in ten countries.
Despite some harsh critiques from Hong Kongers who called out Beijing’s duck for its “chicken-like” appearance, crowds of people still flocked to the Summer Palace to send it off.
Even Jackie Chan made an appearance to say goodbye, according to reports.
“I’m wondering if China could create something like a giant yellow duck. The idea is quite a simple one. Yellow ducks don’t belong to just one person. And this guy made such a big duck from a small one and caused such a stir. The most important thing is that it can be placed in an environment and create fun.” Chan was quoted as saying.
According to Xinhua, the duck’s stay in Beijing was quite lucrative.
The capital city’s Garden Expo Park and Summer Palace have respectively earned over 100 million yuan (US$16.13 million) for displaying the 18-meter-tall giant yellow duck, according to the hosting Beijing Design Week’s organizing committee
It’s estimated that the organizing committee yielded about 7 million yuan (US$1.13 million) in selling the duck’s peripheral products.