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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
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
Associated Press
Associated Press
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?


- Posted on September 20, 2013
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I think the artist choose a rubber duck because he wanted to make children happy most of all. And he also wanted something that had to with water

The artist picked the duck to spread happiness because as children, most people have had a rubber duck as a toy. The duck is also looking happy and smiling so it makes people smile.

Who would make multiple versions of a huge rubber duck and bring it all over the world. Not me, I know that for sure. I would have to be making big bucks to tow a big duck.

Who would make multiple versions of a huge rubber duck and bring it all over the world. Not me, I know that for sure. I would have to be making big bucks to tow a big duck.

i think he used a giant rubber duck because many kids and adults like ducks. also yellow is a appealing color that caught the eye

This article is about a 59-foot duck is a huge version of the bathtub toys loved by children created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who has taken various versions around the world to spread a message of happiness.In Kaohsiung city, 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. This article is interesting to me because of how the people in Kaohsiung city can put a big rubber duck and how people are amazed and are delighted to have it in there city.

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.