Rubber Duck Floats in his Global Bathtub

Rubber Duck Floats in his Global Bathtub

Some years ago, my fav prankster pals and I kidnapped our friend’s rubber duck and set our prank wheels in motion. The Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman takes our duckie caper to a whole new level.

This larger than life 16.5-meter-high (54 feet) rubber duck has travelled to 13 different cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia. In an interview in Hong Kong, Hofman talks about the project and his mission.

“It has a message. Bring joy, connect and look, you know. Don’t forget to look in life. Sometimes we’re too stressed. We go too fast and we forget to breathe life and take life as it comes. You have to enjoy it and look because looking is very important. It makes people communicate.”

Not only does the duck conjure up Sesame Street classic hits and childhood nostalgia, but it’s bound to put a smile on the face of even the most austere passer-by. The bird is currently floating on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. Next up? It’s headed for the land of red, white and blue. It’s all hush hush on the exact destination, but it should be announced next week. In the wake of recent gun legislation and some rather trigger happy politicians of ours (yes, Sarah Palin, you make the team), my only caveat is that we might want to add a gigantic “No Hunting!” sign on the side of this waterfowl. Over and out.

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Rubber Duck in Hong Kong

Link to a video on Bloomberg TV