1st June 2023 – (Hong Kong) The iconic rubber ducks that were recently tested at Tsing Yi will be officially displayed at the Central and Western District Promenade of Victoria Harbour on 10th June, marking the 10-year anniversary of the first inflatable rubber duck’s arrival in Hong Kong as part of Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman’s Rubber Duck Project. The event is curated by AllRightsReserved and will last for approximately two weeks, depending on weather conditions. The rubber ducks will be stationed on Victoria Harbour, adjacent to Tamar Park and the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section).
The original 16-meter-high rubber duck was exhibited in 2013 at the waterfront of Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui for a month and attracted over 8 million visitors. The duck deflated during its exhibition, but was re-inflated five days later and returned to its spot on Victoria Harbour.
The Rubber Duck project began in 2007 with Hofman’s creation of the first rubber duck. It has since travelled to various cities worldwide, including Amsterdam, Sydney, Osaka, Seoul, and Taiwan. The design was inspired by a rubber duck made by a Hong Kong company called Tolo Toys.
This year’s rubber ducks in Hong Kong are bigger than the 2013 version, standing at an impressive 18 meters tall. The organisers of the 2023 event, AllRightsReserved, have not disclosed how long the ducks will be on display at their Admiralty location this time.
To celebrate the upcoming event, theMTR Admiralty Station has been transformed into a temporary “Rubber Duck Theme Station”, with the Exit E serving as the “Rubber Duck Theme Exit”. Visitors can enjoy various duck-themed designs, such as rubber duck footprints and water droplets, as well as photo opportunities with the ducks. The 6-meter-tall glass skylight at the Exit E has also been transformed into a charming duckling face.