Florentijn Hofman, the man behind the giant rubber duck that over-awed the petty humans of Hong Kong, Beijing, Keelung and other cities around the world, has graced Shanghai’s Century Park with his latest masterpiece: a giant pink cat. Comprised of Jiangnan bamboo and produced with the help of 3D printing technology, the Dutch artist’s new creation was inspired by a chance encounter with one of Shanghai’s stray cats in a local park.
Hofman has a history of making inflated claims about his work, claiming that his duck had “healing properties” and that Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour would “never be the same” after his arrival. For once, though, it would appear that his gargantuan work is not to be overshadowed by his even more impressive ego. Standing at 10 meters tall, the cat is noticeably smaller than his predecessor, and Hofman has more modestly explained to media that he wished to create a work using traditional Chinese materials, and that having a cat in the family could have a positive effect on China’s one-child households.
By Ryan Kilpatrick
[Images via CRIEnglish]