What the Duck?: The "Rubber Duck Stimulus" in Hong Kong
Where Did it Come From?
On May 2nd, 2013, a 54 foot tall rubber duck sailed into Victoria Harbor. In fact, this giant play toy is just one of several similar floating duck sculptures, built in various sizes around the world and designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hoffman. The official title of the sculpture is Spreading Joy Around the World, a pleasant and fitting moniker for the cheery inflatable bird. As described by the artist, “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”
Since 2007, the duck has already traveled to 10 countries and 12 cities, including Osaka, Sydney, São Paulo and Amsterdam. The one in Hong Kong, however, which reaches about six stories tall, has ignited a furor and duck craze that no one saw coming.
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