Florentijn Hofman

Hundreds pack waterfront to cheer Rubber Duck’s return

Pedestrians walk pass rubber ducks outside Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui as rainstorm hits the city on Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 9:27pm

Mystery of the deflated Rubber Duck: were cigarette butts to blame?

The deflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Now Chinese mainland tourists are blamed for the demise of Rubber Duck: rumours circulate that cigarette butts turned art installation into an omelette.

16 May 2013 - 11:00pm 9 comments

Giant rubber duck has united the city

Giant rubber duck has united the city. Photo: Sam Tsang

Who would have thought a rubber duck would stir such a frenzy? From news reports to social media, the giant inflatable is the talk of the town, drawing children and adults alike to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront where the seaborne artwork is moored.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 2 comments

Avian visitor curries favour with Hong Kong

Hong Kong people have taken to their latest giant visitor like a duck to water. Photo: George Chen

That duck - don’t pretend you don’t know the one I’m talking about - is the talk of the town.

7 May 2013 - 11:47am

Florentijn Hofman, Rubber Duck artist, is man of principles

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Florentijn Hofman has a reputation as a man of principle. Behind the playful, outsized Rubber Duck floating in Victoria Harbour is an artist who takes his work seriously.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am

Inflatable duck causes social media stir in Hong Kong

One YouTube user even posted a video showing the duck exploding and sinking beneath the waves.

Tens of thousands flocked for a glimpse of the yellow inflatable sculpture over the weekend, but it has prompted ridicule among some internet users, and one even posted a video of it exploding, raising fears somebody could try to damage it.

6 May 2013 - 7:08am 1 comment

Who said it?

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Keep mills and factories operative, otherwise you will end up losing your jobs

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed's advice to workers after the deadly factory collapse


It's all about dividing people up according to salacious ideas about race that underlie the feeling of Western superiority

3 May 2013 - 3:43am

Rubber Duck floats Hong Kong's boats as thousands watch arrival

Rubber Duck is unveiled in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Felix Wong

Yesterday was the coldest day in May in almost a century. But the sun came out and warmed up the city when the gigantic Rubber Duck finally graced Victoria Harbour, melting the hearts of more than a thousand spectators waiting in the cold all morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rubber Duckie, we're awfully fond of you

'Rubber Duck' by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. Photo: Dickson Lee

While we fret about the deadly bird flu from up north, this giant ducky floating in our harbour has brought much-needed lighthearted relief. Our pressure cooker of a city certainly needs more laughter and humour, and less anger and confrontation. So thank you, Florentijn Hofman!

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Meet Florentijn Hofman, the man who's sent Hong Kong a little bit quackers

Rubber Duck creator Florentijn Hofman. Photo: May Tse

The 16.5-metre tall Rubber Duck that is taking up residence in Victoria Harbour next week will bring more than just love and joy to the city, says its creator. It will also change people's perspective of the iconic skyline.

26 Apr 2013 - 8:46am

Who said it?

Tang Hui

The law cannot control my heart, while my heart cannot change the law

Tang Hui, sent to a labour camp for seeking tougher punishment for the men who raped her daughter


I feel a strong responsibility on my shoulders, stronger … than my shoulders' ability to support it

Italy's new leader, Enrico Letta


26 Apr 2013 - 5:10am

Prep time for rubber duck at Tsing Yi before debut

Photo: Dickson Lee

More trouble at the docks? Everyone sailing past Tsing Yi was in for a big surprise yesterday - but one certain to leave a smile on their faces. The 16.5-metre tall Rubber Duck, the work of Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman, was going through some warm-ups before being fully inflated and moved to Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui on May 2.

24 Apr 2013 - 10:59am

Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck comes to Hong Kong: no need to avoid this bird

Photo: SCMP Pictures

The 16.5-metre giant "Rubber Duck" is inflated at a Tsing Yi dock yesterday. The installation, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was built to resemble the beloved yellow bath toy. The duck is expected to bob in the waters of Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui from May 2 to June 9.

22 Apr 2013 - 10:25am