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Saturday May 17th, Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood was flooded with hundreds of people excited to see the 40-foot rubber duck floating in the Hague on display at the Chrysler Museum of Art through May 26th. Marked by the opening of the Chrysler Museum, the duck made a huge splash with a community that has missed the museum for over a year.
Since its creation in 2007 by artist Florentijn Hofman, the 40-foot rubber duck—the same bath-time companion that children from all over the world know and love—has traveled to 14 cities such as Hong Kong, Sydney and Amsterdam. Norfolk is the Rubber Duck’s second stop in the US after Pittsburg.
Florentijin’s sculptures are large and bound to make an impression. All of the artists work is a very positive artistic statement that immediately connects people to their childhood.
Hofman: ‘My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. Passers-by stop in front of them, get off their bicycle and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again. That is the effect of my sculptures in the public domain.’
Other projects include
A giant Sunbathing Hare that is a enlarged cuddle toy made out of plywood and relaxing on hare Island.
The Feestaardvarken is a 100 foot long concrete sculpture which has the appearance of a abstracted aardvark with a golden partyhat on. Click here to see making of this installation.
Slow Slugs is made out of 40,000 plastic bags that move in the wind. The slugs are ascending this steep city staircase that leads up to a huge Catholic church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death.
Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch artist, known for playful urban installations, and in addition to Rubber Duck, he’s crafted supersized crows, bluebirds, rabbits and boats. Other projects by Florentijin Hofman can be found on his website.