100,000 visit Keelung duck amid profit row

100,000 visit Keelung duck amid profit row

TAIPEI - Over 100,000 visitors flocked to see the giant rubber duck in Keelung City (基隆市) over the weekend, the event organizer said yesterday.

Yesterday marked the second day of the rubber duck's display in the Northern Taiwan port city. Due to rainfall and air pollution, traces of dirt were seen on the large-scale installation. The Keelung City Government said that the amount of visitors who showed up yesterday exceeded its expectation.

According to information provided by the Keelung Department of Transportation and Tourism, the Taiwan Railway Administration and bus operators, more than 100,000 people still showed up in spite of the unpleasant weather, the city government said.

The rubber duck's creator, Florentijn Hofman, was reportedly upset about the arrangements, criticising the organizers for turning the event into a "commercial circus." Earlier this month, Hofman also rejected the organizer's proposal to make the rubber duck rotate 360 degrees, saying that the proposal ran counter to the rubber duck's concept of simplicity and tranquillity.

Former Event Planner Responds

Jerry Fan (范可欽), a former planner of the event, yesterday responded by saying that Hofman's comments were regrettable, adding that the Dutch artist was being unfair.

During a press conference held in Taipei, Fan claimed that Hofman had received a large amount of royalties for the rubber duck display.

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