Thousands welcome giant rubber duck

Two girls take a picture in front of a giant yellow duck at the Glory Pier in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. – AP photos
Thousands welcome giant rubber duck
Thousands of people crowded the harbor of a Taiwanese city on Thursday to welcome a giant floating yellow rubber duck.

The 59-foot duck is a huge version of the bathtub toys loved by children. It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who has taken various versions around the world to spread a message of happiness.

The sun was shining in Kaohsiung city to the delight of fans who had feared that the duck's arrival might be delayed by an approaching typhoon. News reports said city officials hope their iconic guest will attract about 3 million visitors and generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

It is to remain in the city until Oct. 20, when it will begin visiting other locations in Taiwan.

"It keeps on smiling to you, you know. It says, 'don't you worry, laugh, be happy!'" Hofman said Thursday. "This big rubber duck in your harbor, in Kaohsiung in this case, changes Kaohsiung. And it changes also your fantasy and your brain. And it's a piece of art."

Critical thinking challenge: Why did the artist choose a rubber duck to spread his message?


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Hey looks like instead of Godzilla they got Duckzilla.To me it looks like it about 100 and not 59.I don't get how they got it on land.

i think that it would be cute to have and giant duck in your town and be able to have a nice quote/saying that goes along with it.

That is a big duck if i could i would clime that duck and i would live in there and never come down i would also bouns on it.

I love rubber ducks. I wonder how they built that. Also I wonder how they put that rubber duck up in the first place. If I was there I would freak out because seeing a rubber duck that high would be awsome and i would take a million pictures as well.

The rubber duckie is absolutely adorable and eye catching, and it sure can make many people smile.
Since little kiddies love to play with the rubber duckies, it would make sense that it makes people happy.

I think that the artist who created this must have had a sense of humor because this makes me laugh. Also i wonder what the artist made this giant rubber duck out of.

The artist chose a rubber duck because it makes people smile. Like the story says," don't worry, laugh, be happy!" Was talking bout how the duck smiles to make you smile.

RUBBER DUCKIESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! They are da best. I wish i could fit that in my home! That would be the best thing that ever happpened to me. I would put a No Touch sign in front of it. Nobody would touch it exept me. RUBBER DUCKIES ARE AMAZING!!!!!

RUBBER DUCKIESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! They are da best. I wish i could fit that in my home! That would be the best thing that ever happpened to me. I would put a No Touch sign in front of it. Nobody would touch it exept me. RUBBER DUCKIES ARE AMAZING!!!!!

I totally ❤ that ducky if i had that duck I would ride that duck all the way down the harbor of tiwan. ever scence I was 4 I adoure rubber duckys and live ducks around the world. Soon duckys will rule the world!!!!!! # I am obsessed with duckys