Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck is an installation created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman built to resemble the yellow bath toy. The 16.5-metre giant Rubber Duck arrived in Hong Kong on May 2, 2013, having visited 12 cities, including Sydney, Osaka and Auckland.

Giant duck explodes, a victim of earthquake

Taoyuan officials are planning to borrow another Hofman-designed duck commissioned by Kaohsiung city government. Photo: Reuters

It's been a tough Asian tour for the giant yellow duck.

It collapsed in Hong Kong in May, got stuck under a bridge in Osaka last month, and yesterday exploded in Taiwan.

Saturday, 2 November, 2013, 3:58am 1 comment

Giant rubber duck bids Beijing adieu after bringing in over HK$127m

The rubber duck (and its smaller toy counterparts) was an especially big hit with children. Photo:

The giant rubber duck that enchanted audiences at Beijing’s Summer Palace for the last two months made its official exit on October 27 after bringing the city more than 100 million yuan (HK$ 127 million) in revenue.

29 Oct 2013 - 2:47pm 1 comment

Hong Kong team questions production quality of Beijing Rubber Duck

The Beijing Rubber Duck (left) has a narrower beak than the Hong Kong duck. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The "authentic" Beijing version might not have been produced properly, say the team that made the Hong Kong version. Both ducks were designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

7 Sep 2013 - 4:41am 1 comment

Rubber Duck not all it's quacked up to be as Beijingers bemoan entrance fee

Security guards try to prevent photographers taking pictures of the inflated rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing on Friday welcomed its first authentic version of the giant rubber duck that has made a splash in Hong Kong harbour and around the world and inspired fakes across the country - but the big bird drew complaints in China’s capital from visitors who had to pay to view it.

6 Sep 2013 - 4:11pm

Pictured: Giant rubber duck arrives in Beijing

Screenshot via Sina Weibo.

Beijing's giant rubber duck has been inflated overnight in the capital three days ahead of its official presentation. The supersized bath accessory is expected to captivate crowds as much as its counterpart in Hong Kong earlier this year. 

4 Sep 2013 - 10:11am

Beijing prepares for bigger, better rubber duck than Hong Kong

Beijing prepares for bigger, better rubber duck than Hong Kong

Rubber duck fever is mounting in Beijing ahead of the imminent arrival of another enormous inflatable duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, tempered by questions about the cost of viewing it and the traffic jams it might cause.

29 Aug 2013 - 8:58am 4 comments

Shanghai ‘roasts’ the giant Rubber Duck

A boat made to look like a roasted duck is seen on the Huangpu River in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck installation gained rave reviews when a 16.5 metre-tall version arrived in Hong Kong this summer.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:33pm 4 comments

Giant Rubber Duck to swim in Beijing's imperial Summer Palace?

The announcement of the duck's arrival. Screenshot from Sina Weibo.

Beijing's own much anticipated giant yellow duck is set to float on Kunming Lake, news reports said, but organisers have declined to confirm the location and end the recent speculation.

8 Aug 2013 - 7:02pm

Thousands gather to bid farewell to Rubber Duck

Rubber Duck. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Tens of thousands of people packed Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday to say goodbye to the giant rubber duck on its last day in town.

In the morning, the Chan family enjoyed their first encounter with the duck. Halas Chan, eight, said: "I want to see how the giant duck works." The boy also guided his sister Halina, three, on how to create the appearance of touching the duck in a photo.

10 Jun 2013 - 4:01am

Blow-ups inflate the debate on what defines art

People view Chinese artist Cao Fei's House of Treasures, one of the M+ exhibition's inflatables on display until tomorrow. Photo: Nora Tam

Tens of thousands of people have flooded into Harbour City to catch a glimpse of the giant rubber duck, with many posting pictures of the inflatable artwork online.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am

Government attempts to hijack Rubber Duck

'Teamwork' by Harbour City, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the government helped make the Rubber Duck exhibition a roaring success. Photo: Sam Tsang

Behind closed doors at Government Towers the timing of Rubber Duck's appearance and subsequent antics caused great consternation.

4 Jun 2013 - 7:00pm 1 comment

Party mouthpiece People's Daily quacks about outbreak of ducks

Developers are using yellow ducks to attract buyers. Photo: AFP

The official mouthpiece of the Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country yesterday, after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several mainland cities.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5-metre-tall yellow inflatable has been a sensation in Hong Kong and the mainland since its installation in Victoria Harbour a month ago.

4 Jun 2013 - 10:30am

Want your own giant rubber duck? Buy one on Taobao

A giant rubber duck manufactured by a company in Guangzhou. Photo: Screenshot from Taobao

If you enjoy the giant rubber duck floating in Victoria Harbour and cannot bear its scheduled departure on June 9, you can now buy one for yourself.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rubber Duck now available in Lego

A Lego replica of the giant rubber duck in Victoria Harbour is on show at the City Impression exhibition. Photo: SCMP

Fans of the Rubber Duck can catch another glimpse of their 16.5-metre tall yellow friend at City Gallery - the city's first planning and infrastructure gallery. Opened in 2002, the gallery displays Hong Kong's major planning proposals and infrastructure projects.

27 May 2013 - 7:22am 1 comment

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.

The city has taken the 16.5-metre-tall yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it was towed into the harbour on May 2 to cheering crowds.

21 May 2013 - 9:27pm