Wednesday , 27 May 2015

Huge 54 ft. Rubber Duck Heading to Pittsburgh!

Giant Rubber Duck Pittsburgh

On September 27th, the world’s largest duck will grace the three rivers of Pittsburgh. After floating around the Hong Kong harbor for a while, the huge rubber ducky is now on its way to the Burgh for its debut in America. Florentijn Hofman’s big bird amassed a great deal of attention over in HK. We’ll report more on the story when the time comes, but standing at 54-feet-tall, you won’t be able to miss it!

I went to check out the giant inflatable duck art installation currently on view at Harbour City to see what the fuss is all about. And there it is, floating on water.

This gigantic rubber duck which measures 14 x 15 x 16.5 meters was created as a statement for peace. In the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s own words, “the Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

As with all things crazy in Hong Kong, what was most spectacular is not really the duck, but how many it has appeared on the media as well as how many people were seen photographing the duck on the docks. On the evening news in Hong Kong, it was reported that some photographers were pushing each other just to get a space to photograph this floating duck. Oh humans. -See-ming Lee

When is this crazy duck coming to Pittsburgh?
September 27, 2013
(During the Cultural District Gallery Crawl)

Which river?
The Allegheny

Huge Rubber Duck coming to Pittsburgh

Huge Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Massive Rubber Duck Hong Kong Night

  • loveyinz

    Pittsburgh first of all cities in America. Nice!

  • Gervil


  • LeBron Goosky

    Oh man I feel the joy already. Cannot wait for the ducky. What are we going to name him?

    • Boring Pittsburgh

      Let’s all brainstorm a good name! The best name will be declared by Boring Pittsburgh and used by us every time we refer to the duck.

  • Steve

    Wonder where they’re going to put him.

    • Boring Pittsburgh

      Good question. We suspect down by Heinz Field, or somewhere that can handle large crowds and still be seen from the Fort Pitt Bridge.

  • Pittsbitch

    Some people have a fear of clowns. Mine is a fear of rubber ducks.

  • Dubber Ruck


  • KarmicFarmer

    Now would be a good time to get into the rubber ducky related goods business in Pittsburgh…

  • STrRedWolf

    When will it be coming? If it’s going to be floating around the Convention Center over the July 4th weekend… you’re going to get some attention with the furries coming in at Anthrocon that weekend as well.

    • Reading Rainbow

      First three words: “In late September…”

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  • Penndawt

    Yes! We Point Park University Students get to look at this every day!!!

  • Barry Balas

    Very cool!

  • Eileen Sotace Demetriadis

    It was great having the giant rubber duck visiting Pittsburgh….brought a smile to your face seeing it floating on the river…thank you

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