What came first? The duck or the egg? Well, imagine waking up one day to see a larger than life-size sculpture of a bright yellow “rubber duck” in front of you. You might be wondering, how am I supposed to react to this unordinary gigantic yet ordinary object? The history and public appearance of these inflatable rubber ducks have started as early as 2007 and lasted since 2016, and have been located in more than twenty-five heavily populated cities around the world.
You might be wondering if this is another Damien Hirst or Jeff Koon public exhibition art-piece. However, it is none other than Dutch public artist, Florentijn Hofman. He is well regarded for creating larger than life-size inflatable public art sculptures around the world. Why a duck we might ask? Well, to be frank, most of Hofman’s public art sculptures that he chooses are objects that the public can most familiarize with and to have a simple connection or reaction towards.
Without a doubt, Hoffman’s public art sculpture of the “rubber ducks” invokes a large public reaction and attention. Whether the sculpture reveals an innocence or nostalgic childhood, the purpose of connecting people to one thing through art is well achieved from these global rubber ducks. Who knows? Maybe one day a floating duck will be near you.