Friday, January 18, 2013

A mega rubber ducky!

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Blogger mates in Oz--I don't mean to encroach on your territory but my family in Australia sent me these pictures and they are perfect for Weekend Reflections and perfect for a BIG smile.

 Photos by daughter Naomi 

Rubber Duck is 5 storeys high and 5 storeys wide!
When a tugboat pushed the inflated circle pontoon  into Sydney harbor for the Festival they had to open the bridge and the overhead monorail.

The duck's creator, Florentijn Hofman from The Netherlands, explains that "It relieves everyday tensions, as well as defining them. Its purpose is to do no more than amaze."

But in this fun video from the harbor, the artist also says  "It's about one family, and you have to take care of each other in the world.  And our global waterways--it's our bathtub and we have to take care of it."

In past years Hofman has made other giant ducks for other parts of the world. 


Here's grandson Dean holding up the duck.
I remember when he was much smaller, playing with a much smaller rubber ducky in the bathtub.
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The team that made Rubber Duck got their inspiration from memories of childhood.
They say in the video that this duck connects everyone because everyone had a childhood, and they took the idea of enchantment and the child and all the pleasure of having a bath.
Actually it is part of a 90-minute musical show.
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But really, just enjoy the short  video!
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Good on ya,  Sydney!  What a fun city!
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27 comments:

  1. Magnifique ce canard geant ! ;o)

    bon w end `!

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  2. THIS GIANT duck made me have a giant smile!I'd like to have one like this around here, perfect view to begin a day in a good mood!

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  3. Delightful reflection! We still have a few of the 3 inch variety.

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  4. i saw this ducky on another australian blog (and on msn.com recently). so cute!

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  5. A bit large for my bathtub... And the most important question : does it vib ?

    Nice catch on this very unusual reflection !

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  6. Wow! So big and beautiful reflection. I remember my kids have a smal one:-)

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  7. Oh how absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the smile!

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  8. delightful Ducky indeed!





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  9. It's terrific, I just visited it a few days ago. :)

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  10. I need a larger bathtub!!! :-)

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  11. What a great way to put a smile on everyone's face. I know it put one on mine :).

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  12. Wonderful post and lovely photography . Concept of Rubber Ducky is wonderful ~ maybe Rubber Ducky could bring world peace ~ my dream ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  13. I thought that this duck was maybe made to start off a Kiwanis duck race...a lot of Kiwanis service clubs in SoCal have rubber duck races for a fundraiser!!!

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  14. I sometimes think too much emphasis is placed on symbolism. It's a funny idea - like Jeff Koons giant puppy topiary. I'm familiar with this piece

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  15. You're right, Dina, this is perfect for Weekend Reflections! What fun!
    K

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  16. Great! I've never seen such a large duck. Nice reflections too.

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  17. A sweet, fun and charming project with an important message—love it!

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  18. Oh wow! That is just so incredible! And so much fun too.

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