Behold! The large rubber duck has made it’s way to Pittsburgh! It is the first U.S. version of the 40-foot-tall rubber duckie that’s made a splash in harbors from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo since 2007.
Each city builds its own duck from the plans of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, and the whole project includes massive pontoons, crews to inflate and deflate the duck, and in this case, alerting organizations such as the Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mariners were alerted to the duck’s impending presence, Coast Guard Lt. JG Devin Adams said, because the shipping channel of the Ohio River is one of the nation’s busiest commercial waterways.
“Our job at that point is to alert the maritime community … that there’s going to be a duck there,” Adams said, stifling a chuckle.
Hofman has said the duck has “healing properties” because it knows no frontiers, doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation.
The duck’s arrival (last Friday) kicked off a month long Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, which features theater, dance, music and visual arts from around the world. The duck will be moored downtown until late October.
As part of the celebration, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art is transforming Pittsburgh into Duckburg with its newest exhibition “Duck!” It runs Sept. 27-Oct. 20, at 945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. It will feature CelebriDucks, which includes Devo Duck, of course! It’s definitely something to see if you live in the Pittsburgh area!