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2023-06-09 HKT 17:08
Two huge yellow rubber ducks, created by artist Florentijn Hofman, arrived in waters off Tamar Park on Friday, ready to meet the public officially on Saturday and over the coming two weeks.
The Dutchman first brought his large inflatable art to Hong Kong a decade ago, anchoring a solo duck off the Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. Hoffman explained why he's brought two this time and switched them to the another side of Victoria Harbour.
"If you do the same, it's boring. You have to change perspectives. The other side was small compared to this side, and I think this side has more opportunities to show [the ducks] from different angles."
However, he said the Covid pandemic is one of the main reasons for bringing them back to Hong Kong "because we need some joy, we need some happiness."
"Together with that worldwide stress, politics... I mean, we all need to connect again and connect as humans... so I brought two ducks, to bring double luck."
People have been gathering along the shoreline from Central to Wan Chai to get a sneak peek and pictures of the duo.
A 16-year-old girl at the officiating ceremony said she was excited to see the huge ducks again after 10 years. "The ducks are like a friend I haven't seen for long, and now they're back."
The event organiser says one of the ducks will parade down Victoria Harbour on June 18, Father's Day, and drop by Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.