Monday, July 21, 2014

Giant Chinese Rubber Duck Cannot Catch A Break

Last Wednesday, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's creation, a giant 59-foot rubber duck, was happily floating along the Namning River in China's Guizhou Province.  Then, after days of heavy rain, it went missing according to local media reports.  The duck itself weighs 1 ton.

This isn't the first time the giant rubber ducky has faced some massive problems.  When the art installation bird arrived in a Taiwanese port this past December, it exploded due to "unexplained circumstances."

Just wait humanity, I will destroy you.

Via the BBC:

The 18 metre (50 foot) inflatable duck suddenly collapsed on Tuesday, only 11 days after it had been put on display in the port at Keelung. 
Organisers are unsure as to the cause of its demise, but one theory is that it was attacked by eagles.

After the week of heavy rainfall in southern China, the new replacement duck took another hit of bad luck as it dislodged from its 10-ton metal platform and was washed away.

The coordinator of the duck exhibit, Yan Jianxin, to the Wall Street Journal:

"The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood. It disappeared right in front of me in several seconds."

As for now, the wild duck hunt has began.  Local radio stations are spreading the description of the duck and urging listeners to call in with any sightings of the art gone wild.  Description: giant, yellow, is a duck.

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