Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giant yellow rubber duck swept away in flood

A giant yellow rubber duck floating on Nanming River in China's south-west Guizhou Province has been swept away by floodwaters just months after it exploded on display in Taiwan.

The 18m (59ft) sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman disappeared at around 7:00pm local time on Wednesday, after the city saw days of heavy rainfall.

Even though the duck weighs 1 tonne, and was sitting on a 10 tonne metal platform lashed to the riverbed with steel wires, it was easily dislodged by the storm.

"The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood," exhibition co-ordinator Yan Jianxin said. "It disappeared right in front of me." It's the latest mishap for the yellow duck, which burst while on display at a port in Taiwan and deflated during its exhibition in Hong Kong.


Barbwire said...

One of the ducks was in Pittsburgh, where my youngest daughter lives. She sent pictures, and even dressed up as a duck for Halloween for her preschool students.

arbroath said...

Heh heh!

Many years ago a former girlfriend of mine got a job being dressed as a giant chicken.

She and her bouncing dog had a lovely old time.