Big yellow duck makes Va. debut in Norfolk

Florentijn Hofman\'s "Rubber Duck" swims into Norfolk. (Associated Press File Photo)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A giant yellow duck is bobbing in Norfolk’s waterfront.

The 40-foot version of a bathtub toy is the work a Dutch artist, Forentijn Hofman. It made its second U.S. appearance Saturday.

Hofman dreamed up the “Rubber Duck” in 2001 while working on his graduate art degree. He was commissioned to build it for an exhibition in France, and he went big — 85 feet.

While he has scaled back his inflatable art, Hofman’s “Rubber Duck” has waddled the globe. The big yellow attraction has visited China, England, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil.

Hofman told The Virginian Pilot ( he was inspired by the artist Christo, who has behind many large-scale art projects.

The duck was brought to Norfolk by the Chrysler Museum of Art. It’s here through May 26.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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