A huge inflatable duck that has been floating in Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour for the past two weeks has been unexpectedly reduced to a puddle of yellow plastic, drawing howls of protest – and accusations of ‘fowl play’.
The 16.5m-high yellow piece of conceptual art, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has drawn tens of thousands of visitors since it bobbed into town on 2 May. It is scheduled to be on display in Hong Kong until 9 June.
But on Tuesday night, the waterfront shopping mall Harbour City, which organised the exhibit, announced the duck’s imminent dismantling on its Facebook page. “Special announcement: attention, duck fans! The rubber duck needs some rest, and to undergo a quick body check. The rubber duck will resume its ‘duck’ shape in no time,” it said.