This article, written by CNN deals with the most recent, as well as with the past tragedies that have occurred to artist: Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck. The authors took care to discuss both the possibility that a ‘jealous’ hawk sabotaged the instillation, or that it was simply the hot sun. The 18-meter high rubber duck seems to be highly received by the citizens of each town that the duck has traveled to thus far. The fun nature of the instillation even inspired a group in Belgium to stake out and guard the duck after it had been repaired from its violent stabbings (42 knife wounds were reported.)
The authors described the reaction of locals in Taiwan after the deflation of the massive rubber creature. The incident “le[ft] locals shocked and disappointed.” As the duck travels around the world from port to port, it is exposed to a multitude of natural, and manmade elements. The result of the duck’s delicate medium, and the potential for hazard has evoked citizens take it upon themselves to ‘monitor the duck’s vital signs’.
I am fond of this article because it demonstrated the connection that people grow with public art in their cities. I am very interested to hear more about the duck as it moves around the world, and adopts new communities of followers, (maybe the duck will even make its way across the ocean to the west coast.)