Today CBS Local KDKA reporter Heather Abraham posted a news article from the Mirror News on her Twitter account announcing an inflated duck in Taiwan (similar to the one that just left Pittsburgh) was deflated from a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The deflation of the duck is attributed to a power loss causing the air pump to fail. The duck is being called Duckzilla in Taiwan. The giant rubber duck is part of the Rubber Duck Project by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.
The Rubber Duck Project has toured the world since 2007, and Pittsburgh was the first U.S. city to be a part of the project’s world tour. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brought the 40 foot rubber duck from September 27, 2013 debuting on the Allegheny River during the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts until October 20, 2013. The duck received media coverage during the Pittsburgh Pirates playoff series as fans wanted to keep the duck for the duration of the Pirates’ playoff run since this was the first time in 20 years the Pirates made the World Series Playoffs.
“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating, four-story-high Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The duck has been on display in Amsterdam, Lommel (Belgium), Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong and arrives in the US for the first time for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.” Studio Florentijn Hofman (The Netherlands)
When the rubber duck was in Pittsburgh, it attracted over one million tourists and brought over ten million dollars in direct spending to Pittsburgh. Additional revenue was generated for restaurants, hotels and parking garages in Market Square while the Duck was hanging out downtown in Point State Park. Duck officials are confident that the Duck will be repaired as it was deflated in May during its Hong Kong visit for maintenance issues.
Check out the attached video for Hong Kong’s duck deflation incident.
Check out the slideshow for pictures of the Duck in Pittsburgh.
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