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City’s own ‘yellow duck’ to float on the Huangpu

Shanghai will soon have its own version of a giant yellow duck that will float on the Huangpu River later this month.

The local “duck” has been inspired by the installation work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose giant duck floating in the waters of Hong Kong several months ago was a huge hit.

The Bund Art Project was launched by the Huangpu District government yesterday and involves reworking an old ferry for a ride on the river.

It will be launched from the Jinling Road Dock on August 26 and is free to the public.

The Shanghai artwork has been dubbed “Ferry Love” and it will be in service till the end of September, a district official said yesterday.

“It is inspired by the duck but it will be totally different.

“It will showcase Shanghai features and involve modern decoration like LED and special materials,” said Han Beishi, a local artist.

“It will be quite different and a special animal rather than the duck again. Nor will it be one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. You will only know about it when it opens to the public,” said Sophie Liu, general manager of the Shanghai Bestknown Ad, the creator of the artwork.

More characteristics

The “Shanghai Duck” will have more characteristics than the Dutch version which became a big hit after sailing into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in May. It will involve local poets and musicians who will perform on the renovated ferry.

Local residents and tourists will also be invited to participate.

“The idea is to inspire the artistic talents of local people during the month-long display,” Han told Shanghai Daily yesterday.



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