Apr 23, 2012

The World Travels of a Giant Rubber Duck

 

 

Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist based out of Rotterdam. He’s internationally renowned for his large-scale sculptures which often originate from recognizable, everyday objects. In his ongoing Rubber Duck series, Florentijn takes the iconic rubber duck (that children around the world can identify), and takes it to a massive scale. The biggest one so far was spotted in St-Nazaire, France at a towering 26 meters (105 ft).

In Hofman’s own words:

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!

 

How can a giant inflatable rubber duck not brighten one’s day? It’s big, happy and awesome. Check out the travels of Hofman’s giant inflatable rubber duck below. Enjoy!

 

 

Osaka, Japan – 2009

10 x 11 x 13 meters (32 x 36 x 43 feet)
Inflatable, pontoon and generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint-Nazaire, France – 2007

26 x 20 x 32 meters (85 x 66 x 105 feet)
Inflatable, pontoon and generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auckland, New Zealand – 2011

12 x 14 x 16 meters (39 x 46 x 52 feet)
Inflatable, pontoon and generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elst, The Netherlands – 2009

5 x 5 x 6 meters (16 x 16 x 20 feet)
Inflatable and pontoon

 

 

 

 

 

Sau Paulo, Brazil – 2008

12 x 14 x 16 meters (39 x 46 x 52 feet)
Inflatable, pontoon and generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 2007/8

5 x 5 x 6 meters (16 x 16 x 20 feet)
Inflatable and pontoon

 

 

 

 

 

Nuremberg, German – 2008

5 x 5 x 6 meters (16 x 16 x 20 feet)
Inflatable and pontoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – 2008

5 x 5 x 6 meters (16 x 16 x 20 feet)
Inflatable and pontoon

 

 

 

 

 

Wassenaar, The Netherlands – 2008

5 x 5 x 6 meters (16 x 16 x 20 feet)
Inflatable and pontoon

 

 

 

 

 

Hasselt, Belgium – 2009

12 x 14 x 16 meters (39 x 46 x 52 feet)
Inflatable, pontoon and generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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