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Giant Rubber Duck Floats Down French River Valley

Artist Florentin Hofman’s giant sculpture puts a smile on passers-by faces while it floats from city to next along the Loire river in France.

Eveliina Nieminen
Eveliina Nieminen on April 18, 2012.

Artist Florentin Hofman’s giant yellow duckie puts a smile on the faces of passers-by as it floats from city to city along the Loire river in France. The hilarious and striking sight has already traveled the world before through cities such as Osaka and Sao Paulo.

The 25 meters tall and 25 meters wide friendly creature’s mission is to provide a joyful interruption to people’s daily routines. People from all over the world connect the rubber duck with their childhood memories and are brought up with positive sensations.

Famous for his humoristic pieces, the Dutch artist Florentin Hofman used rubber coated PVC to built the duck on a pontoon with a generator. Hofman believes that the soft giant can relieve global tensions through delighting people coming from different countries and backgrounds. Hofman has generated smiles many times before. In 2011, the Kobe Frog, an enormous frog wearing a party hat, was sitting on the edge of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan.

While floating pass the French villages the rubber duck slowly nods its head – a sight that softens passers-by of all ages. Art’s greatest impact may as well reside in bringing people together via a positive statement.

Florentin Hofman

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