Giant rubber duck invades Los Angeles!
The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming the world's biggest bath toy, a 60-foot-tall rubber duck, which sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA and was to remain in the harbor through Sunday.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman first showed off his duck in 2007 and since then, versions of it have been seen worldwide. Hofman's creation was part of a tour named "Spreading joy around the world," where the artist wanted those who see the giant duck to recall their childhood memories.
The giant duck is made of PVC and has more than 200 pieces. The staff for the duck can go inside through an opening in the back and an electric fan is inside so the duck can be inflated.
The giant duck has traveled the world, including the Netherlands, England, Australia, Brazil and China. The first American city it visited was Pittsburgh and next was Norfolk, Va.
Hofman has built a new duck for most locations and the artist's website says little about his intent but it says the duck knows no borders, does not discriminate and has no political allegiance. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them," the website claims.
Critical thinking challenge: Can a giant, inflatable yellow duck be art? And if it is art, what does it mean?