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Chinese imitators copy Hong Kong's giant duck
The 16.5-metre-tall inflatable Rubber Duck art installation lies deflated in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on May 15, 2013. Organisers said the inflatable Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman had been deflated for scheduled maintenance, but visitors who had made the trip to see it were left disappointed. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez.
BEIJING (AFP).- The popularity of a giant inflatable duck afloat in Hong Kong harbour has not gone unnoticed in mainland China, where two copies have been launched in as many days, according to reports Saturday.

Thousands of visitors have flocked to view the 16.5-metre blow-up, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, since it was towed to the Hong Kong waterfront on May 2, with duck mania gripping the city.

But China has now seen the launch of two of its own ducks, albeit smaller versions.

The first was in the northern city of Tianjin on Friday and was funded by a property developer, the daily Global Times reported. The second took to the water Saturday in the central city of Wuhan, according to a blog from the Yangtze daily.

Since 2007 Hofman's duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia in its journey around the world.

The artist said he hopes the duck, which is due to stay in Hong Kong until June 9, will act as a "catalyst" to connect people to public art.

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