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.

Rubber duck stars at Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Technology ensured there were enough buns. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

That Rubber Duck is at it again - after stealing the hearts of Hongkongers since sailing into the harbour, it is stealing the show at Cheung Chau's Bun Festival. And while the traditional buns stamped with the iconic "peace" logo continued to be a big hit, rubber ducks could be seen in the parade and on various products on sale.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 4:56am

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

Deflated Rubber Duck's not in the soup - it needs to freshen up, say organisers

A deflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Photo: Reuters

Conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman's creation, which made its debut in the harbour the week before last, lies deflated in the water. The 16.5-metre-high inflatable sculpture was due to remain at the Ocean Terminal for a month but was last night pictured lying on its side.

16 May 2013 - 1:20am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2013

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Eco-friendly policies are feasible

15 May 2013 - 3:08am

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

Letters to the Editor, May 9, 2013

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Hong Kong civilised, not democratic

According to Michael Chugani, universal suffrage is mere icing on the democracy cake ("Over-egging it", May 4).

It is correct that Hong Kong enjoys a relatively high degree of civic freedom but this is maintained by the rule of law as developed and passed on via the Basic Law from the British colonial administration.

9 May 2013 - 4:45am 3 comments

From curry to crystal, traders are cashing in on giant rubber duck

Curry duck rice, inspired by artist Florentijn Hofman. Photo: SCMP

Local businesses have taken to a giant inflatable like a duck to water, with restaurants to curio sellers all riding the waves made by Hong Kong's new attraction.

9 May 2013 - 10:05am 6 comments

What's being said on

Follow up on Tai O 3nd alarm fire in Kat Hing Street. The accident damaged stilt houses near the river and caused no injury. Photo: Nora Tam

On the fire which ripped through a cluster of stilt homes in Tai O:

8 May 2013 - 3:22am

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?

Hamid Karzai

We appreciate all this assistance and help, all this assistance is very useful to us

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, on the tens of millions of dollars in cash the C.I.A. has given his office in the past decade


I don't know why the duck is so worth watching

An internet user on the Rubber Duck in Victoria Harbour


6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Paper talk, May 4, 2013

The Rubber Duck arriving in the harbour made industrialist Lam Leung think of manufacturing his ducklings again. Photo: Felix Wong

Sunday, Apple Daily

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4 May 2013 - 4:04am

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

Talking Points

Budget filibuster efforts resume

Budget filibuster efforts resume

2 May 2013 - 1:23am