Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Big Duck

Giant Duck at Parramatta, NSW

One of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant ducks has flown south and is currently enjoying river life in Parramatta right now.  Hofman is known for his large scale installations and about a dozen of his ducks have been made, each one a little different.  The duck which is here now was made in New Zealand and has got some high tech features, bits that monitor the wind and heat within the beast, relaying the information to central control.
This duck is a beauty and is pretty big, 5 storeys high and just as wide.
We had a giant duck last year and it enjoyed city life in Darling Harbour, this one is in Western Sydney.  I hope it stays safe as other ducks have met their demise, particularly in Taiwan where a couple of ducks have dropped dead.

They are thinking that this Taiwan duck was attacked by an Eagle in, I assume was, a territorial dispute! 
What is the meaning behind this art installation you may ask.  Well, it is about fun and childhood and hopefully it will make you smile when you see it.

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