The New York metropolitan area is joining the lofty ranks of other lucky global cities like Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. Are we updating our crumbling infrastructure, you ask? No! we are getting a giant inflatable rubber ducky.
The “Mama Duck,” an 11-ton inflatable creature designed by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman is heading to Oyster Bay, Long Island, on October 17 and 18, according to the New York Post.
The duck has previously appeared in Amsterdam, Osaka, Sydney, São Paulo and Hong Kong. She’s always a favorite on social media.
But despite the light reception Mama Duck gets, Mr. Hofman has made it clear in the past that he takes his duck, which is one of a number of large toy animals he re-creates as part of his artwork, very seriously.
“The rubber duck is not a joke,” the artist told Philadelphia magazine earlier this year. “It is serious artwork which connects all people in the world.”
The massive, blow-up bathtub toy last courted controversy in July, when an unlicensed version of the duck was supposed to appear at the Tall Ships Festival in Philadelphia. Mr. Hofman was very upset that organizers used plans from a previous iteration of the duck, and didn’t pay him.
Alas, even knock-off ducky was the worst—she deflated and denizens of the City of Brotherly Love were very disappointed.