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|Giant yellow duck to debut in Taiwan |
The 16.5-metre-tall inflatable Rubber Duck art installation is seen at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on May 2, 2013. The inflatable duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was on display in the former British colony. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez.
TAIPEI (AFP).- A larger version of the giant inflatable yellow duck that captivated Hong Kong will grace a port city in Taiwan later this year, officials said Wednesday.
Keelung city council speaker Huang Jing-tai said he has signed an agreement with Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman to create an 18-metre-tall (59-feet) version, which is expected to go on public display around mid-December and will remain permanently in Taiwan.
Huang expects duck fever to sweep Taiwan as it did Hong Kong and to draw many tourists to Keelung, which borders the capital Taipei.
Hongkongers cheered when Hofman's original 16.5-metre-tall duck, a giant replica of a bath toy, was towed into the harbour in May. Shops sold numerous models of it, restaurants created special duck dishes and thousands turned out to admire it.
Taiwanese travel agencies got into the act by touting "visiting yellow duck" trips to Hong Kong, while copies appeared in several cities in mainland China.
The duck even became embroiled in mainland politics in the run-up to the 24th anniversary on June 4 of the Tiananmen suppression of pro-democracy activists by China's army.
Internet searches on the mainland for "yellow duck" were banned after users circulated a mocked-up image of a famous 1989 photo, with tanks replaced by plastic ducks.
More than 700 messages were left within two hours on a Facebook page entitled "Rubber Duck Welcome to Keelung" created by Huang's office, although some expressed concern that the harbour was not clean enough for its visitor.
"I hope there won't be any strange smell when I go to see the duck," wrote one. "I hope Keelung port will become clean and fresh," echoed another.
Since 2007 the original duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia in its journey around the world.
Hofman has said he hopes it will act as a "catalyst" to connect people to public art.
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