Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour

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Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong
Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

A huge inflatable rubber duck sailed into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour this week - to the cheers of hundreds of onlookers who'd gathered to watch it.

The 16.5-metre art installation - inspired by children's bath times - is the brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

It was brought into the harbour by a tiny-in-comparison tugboat, and dwarfed other vessels in its wake.

Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong
Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

According to insing.com, the Rubber Duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine different countries since 2007, from Australia to Brazil.

The duck will stay in the harbour until 9 June and, says the artist, is all about "connecting people".

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hofman said: "It's about connecting people, don't take life for granted, your urban space for granted. You walk every day the same route to work, but look and stop going too fast."

Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong
Peking duck! Giant inflatable art installation sails into Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Twitter was a-buzz with sightings of the duck, while people squashed up to office windows to get a pic, as well as gathering in the harbour.

Crowds queued as early as 6am to see the top billing of the day (sorry), and one commuter told Agence France Presse (AFP): "It takes me back to my childhood memories", while another, Kathy Cheung, said: :I think it's the last time I will see a rubber duck in Hong Kong. It has a message for peace but for me it's just fun."

We think it's brilliantly quackers...

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