Rubber Duck Project by Florentijn Hofman
(Point State Park)
It may have seemed like Pittsburghers had gone quackers. I doubt that Daffy or Donald marching down Liberty Ave could have drawn a larger crowd that the one that assembled all along the stretch from the 6th St bridge to the West End Bridge, (along the shore and in the water) to welcome the giant Rubber Duck Project to the ’Burgh.
We heard that The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust paid $20,000 to bring this 40x30 foot version of Florentijn Hofman’s super–sized bathtub toy to the city to kick off their
This duck (the first to make an appearance in the US) was greeted with a bridge party and people wearing all sorts of duck–themed gear. In conjunction with the Rubber Duck Project, the Cultural Trust is offering plenty of duck souvenirs, and their attempt to ban others from doing the same has ruffled quite a few feathers.
Any controversy over the Quack N’At gear was completely forgotten or ignored by the crowd though. Some attached a row of the bathtub toys to their bike. Some carried stuffed ducks, some had ducks hats, backpacks, and shirts, and everyone seemed happy to see the big guy (girl?) ...and that is the whole point of it. The artist has been quoted as saying that the duck has healing properties. If making lots of people smile constitutes healing, then mission accomplished.
From the West End Bridge all the way to the bridge party we saw every variety of camera in play. There were lots of news crews, helicopters, tripods and cell phones all pointed at the slow moving, huge, yellow, duck. We don’t know if the duck has a good side or not, but we are sure that it was photographed from every possible angle.
Oh, but mere mega–pixel, top of the line, latest and greatest iPhone cameras are so passé! We found a very enterprising young man on the North Shore flying a remote controlled drone with a camera. Now that’s creative.
Plenty of people were quacking greetings as the duck arrived, and we passed this as we were leaving the festivities.
This fun piece of public art is only on display here for a few weeks. If you'd like to see it in person, you'll need to do so before 26 Oct 2013.
UPDATE: 4 Oct 2013
UPDATE March 2014:
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