Rubber Duck draws more than 200,000 to Taoyuan exhibition
CNATAIPEI--Rubber Duck craze continued to sweep the northern Taiwan county of Taoyuan on Sunday, the second day of the inflatable installation's display there, with zealous fans lining up early in the morning long before the exhibition opened.
October 28, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The trail along the pond was packed with crowds soon after the exhibition opened at 9:00 a.m., at the end of the day organizers said total visitor numbers topped 200,000.
People began to gather at the exhibition site in Xinwu Township at around 6:00 a.m., with some sneaking into the controlled zone to get a close-up view of the duck, which is sitting on a pond.
The inflatable duck sculpture went on display Saturday as part of a landscape art festival in the county, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors on the first day.
The Taoyuan Land and Open Art Festival features artworks by local and international artists, on display across the county's characteristic pond-dotted landscape.
Among the installations are a series of pink polka dot inflatables called Footprints of Life, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and plastic sculptures of lotuses by Korean Choi Jeong-Hwa.
The displays by local artists, meanwhile, include woven straw art, robot sculptures made from recycled iron by Cheng Ping-ho, and installations made from discarded furniture by a group of students led by artist Julie Chou.
The Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman first appeared in Taiwan last month, floating into Kaohsiung Harbor in the southern port city. The inflatable artwork attracted 3.9 million visitors during its month-long display in Kaohsiung, which ended Oct. 20.