Rubber Duck

Giant inflatable Rubber Duck is now Hong Kong tourist attraction

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 9:58am

The inflatable sculptures dotting the waterfront of West Kowloon have inspired plenty of debate - and now a local travel agency is selling package tours to see them.

Sunflower Travel is offering a one-day tour to see the sculptures, including the much talked about 16.5-metre Rubber Duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, which is due to sail into Victoria Harbour on Thursday.

Six other sculptures are also on show as part of the "Mobile M+: Inflation!" exhibition at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

The giant duck has been the talk of the town since it arrived, and has even inspired copycats - but Sunflower is the first company to float the tour idea.

Its advertising for the Rubber Duck package tour was doing the rounds of social media yesterday.

"I cannot believe this! Local art and food tour! Art will never be the same in Hong Kong," one Facebook user wrote.

The tour costs HK$169 per person, including a mini duck souvenir. The agency expected to take 30 to 40 people on each tour, with the first on Sunday. The full-day tour includes a morning at Tin Shui Wai Greenfield Garden, visiting local farms, and an all-you-can-eat hotpot lunch.

The afternoon will be spent viewing the sculptures at West Kowloon, then the Rubber Duck on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

A West Kowloon arts hub spokesman said more than 38,000 people had already visited the exhibition since it opened last Thursday. He said Complex Pile, the sculpture that resembles a pile of excrement by American artist Paul McCarthy, was still being repaired after it was damaged by a sudden downpour last week. Korean artist Choi Jeong-hwa's Black Lotus, which was also damaged, has been repaired. He said the arts hub was aware of the tour, but it had not been contacted by the travel agency.

A spokeswoman for Harbour City, which brought the Rubber Duck to Hong Kong, said it had not been told about the tour, but was glad for it to become a tourist attraction.

Sunflower did not respond to a request for comments.