Remember the giant rubber duck that floated down London's River Thames back in early December? Well, it's happening again in another part of the world, and a different company is now to blame. Reported late on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, a five-story yellow duck was seen floating through the waters of Sydney's famous harbor.
The giant duck took a test run on Thursday through the harbor's waters in order to prepare for the grand unveiling at the opening of the Sydney Festival on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. The festival is a nearly month-long celebration of arts and music.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is the one that created the duck and he says that it is a piece of art titled "Rubber Duck." It is made from PVC properties and supposedly has "healing properties."
"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation," he writes on his website.
Hofman has made many variations of the "Rubber Duck," and they have appeared in Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, and throughout the Netherlands.
Local media reports that the giant duck took three weeks to create, but it only takes about half an hour to inflate using four blowers. The 10-ton barge it sits on keeps it from blowing away and also helps it sail in the waters.
"We're using these beautiful heritage-restored tugs … [that are] going to be completely dwarfed by the duck," Sydney Festival production manager Mick Jessop told Sydney's Telegraph. "It's going to look like a huge bathtub."
Those wishing to see the giant yellow duck can head to Sydney as it will be in the harbor through the end of January.