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.
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.
But really, just enjoy the short video!
Good on ya, Sydney! What a fun city!