Big Duck Arrives in Toronto But Is It Art?

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duck-jr-2418-copyAs reported in the BBC News one of those elements most of us associate with childhood has made its debut in Toronto harbour-a  really big rubber ducky.

At over 15 meters (49 feet 3 inches high) this rubber duck was “designed by Dutch artist  Florentijn Hofman and has travelled the world, from Brazil to Taiwan.”  Somehow the duck was seen as the perfect thing to float in Toronto’s waterfront as part of the 150th birthday celebration for Canada. Yes, there is no real connection between a large duck which has travelled the world and Canada’s 150th. But the duck did attract a lot of visitors during its debut at the Redpath Waterfront Festival on July 1st, and it will then be travelling across the province “on tour”.

wlrd-1Estimates from 2015 suggest this duck cost $20,000 to float at each venue.  And indeed  when the Rubber…

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