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:

Audrey said...

Magnifique ce canard geant ! ;o)

bon w end `!

Malyss said...

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!

Lew said...

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

TexWisGirl said...

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

'Tsuki said...

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

Nice catch on this very unusual reflection !

Spiderdama said...

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

DawnTreader said...

Funny! Thanks for the smile.

VP said...

I want one of these here!

Ava said...

Very funny !

cieldequimper said...

Oh how absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the smile!

James said...

Wow! That is really cool!

Sara said...

Thank you Dina, that was delightful!

HansHB said...

Great reflections!

Rob Mandy said...

This is fun!

Cloudia said...

delightful Ducky indeed!





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Jim said...

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

Robert Geiss said...

Awesome !

Gunn said...

Fantastic!:

RuneE said...

I need a larger bathtub!!! :-)

Robin said...

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

Carol L McKenna said...

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

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

TheChieftess said...

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!!!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

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

Kay L. Davies said...

You're right, Dina, this is perfect for Weekend Reflections! What fun!
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Karl Demetz said...

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

Hilda said...

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

Kay said...

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