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Now There’s a 61-Foot-Tall Rubber Duck in Los Angeles

A giant yellow vinyl duck joins sailing ships and motorboats during the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register – AP

On display in the Port of Los Angeles until Aug. 24

The “world’s largest rubber duck” is making a splash in California this week, spending Wednesday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 24 in the Port of Los Angeles.

Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the 61-foot-tall rubber duckie has traveled all over the world, already making stops in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh. And it hasn’t been an easy journey – the duck got “sleepy” and deflated during its time in Hong Kong.

But now the famous duck is re-inflated and back in action for the Tall Ships Festival L.A. But don’t assume its just a super-sized bath toy; Hofman has grander designs for his duck.

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation,” he said in a statement on the festival’s website. “The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve the world’s tensions as well as define them.”

MORE: Rubber Duck Inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame

 

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