A giant yellow duck floating in Sydney Harbor was a bit of a surprise to people in the area, according to a Jan. 3 ABC News report. The duck took a test run in advance of its grand reveal this upcoming weekend at the Sydney Festival.
What does a giant yellow duck have to do with the festival? Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the five story high duck, and it is made from PVC, and the artist believes that it has healing properties. The Sydney Festival is about a month long, and it celebrates art and music.
Hofman wrote of the giant yellow duck,
"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation."
This is true. It is nice to see such a large and yellow symbol of this anti-discrimination sentiment. Hofman went further and said of the artwork,
"I want to emphasize we are one family, we are one planet and we have to take care of each other and enjoy. It's about meeting and it's about talking to each other, getting into contact again by an impulse from this icon, this rubber duck."
Could it truly be that simple? Can the differences of people in the world be solved by something as iconic as this rubber duck? If so, the U.S. Congress needs to get one immediately.
For people in Sydney, they will have the chance to see the duck for the entire month because it will float in the harbor throughout the festival. How exciting! Do you think you will see this piece of art?