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Dutch inflatable duck artist protests at Taiwan 'copycat'

Published on Jan 6, 2014 10:05 PM
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The Dutch artist whose giant inflatable duck is on display in Taiwan is threatening to close the exhibition early in protest at an apparent copycat attempt, officials said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - The Dutch artist whose giant inflatable duck is on display in Taiwan is threatening to close the exhibition early in protest at an apparent copycat attempt, officials said on Monday.

Mr Florentijn Hofman is reportedly upset with a souvenir stallholder in the northern port city of Keelung.

The stallholder, disappointed at lower than expected visitor numbers to Mr Hofman's exhibition, displayed his own version of the replica yellow bath toy in a bid to attract more trade.

The trader built his own six-foot-tall inflatable duck - apparently seen by Mr Hofman as a copycat creation - and is reportedly planning another three times the size, after stallholders who rented booths at the exhibition complained business was poor.

 
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