Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project will make its U.S. West Coast debut at Tall Ships Festival L.A., August 20, 2014, sailing into the Port of Los Angeles Harbor leading the Tall Ships Grand Parade of Sail.
The Port of Los Angeles is the first U.S. West Coast port to host the globally famous rubber duck and only the second North American city to do so. The Duck Project is the creative effort of internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman (The Netherlands). “The rubber duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating rubber duck has healing properties: it can relieve the world’s tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages,” Hofman said.
“This giant rubber duck is an iconic way to bring all cultures together,” said Craig Samborski, Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles Executive Producer. “Los Angeles is the ideal place for the duck to celebrate the world’s diversity and culture,” added Samborski.
Tall Ships Festival L.A will also welcome more than a dozen Tall Ships to the shores of Los Angeles, affording visitors the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. With the addition of the internationally acclaimed enormous rubber duck, visitor’s rare glimpse into history gets even more spectacular.
Hofman’s duck has also appeared in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh.