When we were little tykes, a rubber duck turned bath time into playtime. With his bright yellow body and orange bill, he became a delightful toy for generations of kids.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman re-created this classic childhood symbol to bring smiles and pleasant memories to adults. Hofman’s goal of bringing people together is happening wherever the rubber ducky appears.
The first ducky displayed in Singapore was 56 feet tall. He has traveled to a number of European cities since 2007.
The duck made his United States debut in Pittsburgh in September. He has charmed residents and visitors who have flocked to Pittsburgh’s famous Point (Point State Park) where three rivers converge. Because of the city’s many bridges, the duck had to be smaller. He is four stories tall and three stories wide.
Pittsburgh is abuzz with people asking, “Have you seen the rubber duck?” I’ve never yet heard the question from anyone wearing a frown. The duck brings smiles – whether you’re seeing him or talking about him.
He attended a Pirates game and has made several visits away from his temporary home on the Point.
The duck creates joy and brings revenue into the city. That’s a winning combination.
Did I tell you I love the rubber ducky?