When I saw the picture above one word came to my mind: Patinho! If you aren’t familiar with Portuguese, patinho have the same meaning as “kitty” has to cats and puppy to “dogs”, it’s a little duck in a much more cute expression. The patinho is the latest finished project of Florentijn Hofman, and it’s called Canard de bain (Rubber duck). The little duck isn’t so small, as you noticed compared with the boats. The dimensions of the giant inflatable rubber coated PVC creature are 26 x 20 x 32 meters. The Canard de bain is, or it was, in France at the river Loire.
A yellow spot on the horizon slowly approaches the coast. People have gathered and watch in amazement as a giant yellow Rubber Duck approaches. The spectators are greeted by the duck, which slowly nods its head. The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relief mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!
I always wanted that kitsch object, a rubber duck, but as I never had a bath tube, I didn’t buy one. Now I want that one and I need a lake it. All the donations to help me to buy a lake are welcome. By the way, Florentijn has many other interesting projects to see on his site. (via Wooster Collective)