Rubber Duck, rival debut in Beijing

Rubber Duck, rival debut in Beijing

As Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's signature Rubber Duck makes its debut in Beijing on Friday, visitors must take care that they're looking at the real thing.

The 18-meter-tall duck will float in Beijing Garden Expo Park until Sept 23 and then be moved to the Summer Palace, where it will stay from Sept 26 to Oct 26.

The artwork was a gift from Amsterdam for this year's Beijing Design Week. The mainland debut of the sculpture comes a day after a copycat appeared in Yuyuantan Park in downtown Beijing, one of the latest imitations on the mainland after Rubber Duck made a sensation in Hong Kong in May.

The Yuyuantan duck is clad in a green vest and is accompanied by seven inflated "duck eggs" with "Green dream" written on them in Chinese.

The right to display Rubber Duck in Beijing was exclusively granted to Beijing Gehua-Rizzoli Design Communication Co, which helps organise Beijing Design Week.

Hofman's authorisation statement was shown at a news conference in the expo park on Friday.

According to Zeng Hui, deputy head of the Beijing Design Week Organisation office, the rights to develop derivative works and products of Rubber Duck on the mainland have been exclusively granted to Beijing Glory Culture International Communication Co.

About 30 derivative works and products will be developed.

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