Hong Kong’s giant rubber ducky

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A larger-than-life inflatable rubber duck six stories high by conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman sailed into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor on May 2, and will be shown at the Ocean Terminal for a month.

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The Rubber Duck was deflated after some of its parts broke. The southern Chinese city has taken the 16.5m-tall yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it was towed into the harbour on May 2 to cheering crowds.

Duck mania has gripped the city ever since, with locals and tourists packing the streets near where it is moored to catch a glimpse of it. Stalls and shops throughout the city sold replicas and restaurants created special duck dishes.

So many were disconsolate when the cheerful giant-sized bath toy was transformed into a deflated disc resembling a floating fried egg last Wednesday

A deflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman, is lifted up for repair by a crane on a ship in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour May 15, 2013.

The 16.5-meter-high inflatable sculpture, which made its first public appearance in the territory on May 2, will be shown at the Ocean Terminal for a month. The Rubber Duck was deflated after some of its parts broke. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA – SOCIETY MARITIME)

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