Artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck installation in Keelung unfortunately met its untimely demise on Tuesday when it suddenly burst and deflated in front a crowd of visitors.
According to CNN:
There are multiple theories as to what led to the New Year’s Eve tragedy.
Murder most fowl? According to Taiwan media reports, one tourist claims she saw what looked like an eagle scratch the rubber duck with its talons.
If that’s indeed the case, jealousy could very well have been the motivation behind this unprovoked attack.
Meanwhile, a meteorologist speculates an unseasonal dose of sunshine may have overheated the duck, disrupting its internal pressure after weeks of cold, rainy conditions, leading to its rupture.
Or could it have been the saboteur work of the artist himself, who publicly announced in December that he was disappointed with the arrangement of the installment in Taiwan and refused to make an appearance at the exhibition?
It’s a question that will continue to plague us for the next 15 minutes or so.
This is the second time the rubber duck installation has collapsed on itself in Taiwan, the previous one meeting its maker when a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck in November.