Giant rubber duck will sail to U.S. next

HONG KONG (CNN) — Hong Kong’s busy harbor is never short of action, but the great big yellow duck that floated into town on Thursday turned everybody’s heads.

Thousands lined the harbor front and work ground to a halt in offices with sea views as the much-hyped Rubber Duck made its grand entrance. For two weeks local media has been on something of a “duck watch,” closely monitoring the movements of the 16.5-meter (54 feet) inflatable sculpture.

The man behind the seriously over-sized bath toy, Dutch artist Florentijin Hofman, described the Hong Kong response as overwhelming and said he was happy to have finally made it to the city, his first visit.

“I’ve wanted to come for years — and my duck made it here before me!” he quipped.

The sunshine-yellow duck drew up beside Ocean Terminal to the sound of a brass band and thousands of camera shutters.


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