Duckie dynasty: Giant duck floats to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The first US version of the gigantic rubber duckie that's made a splash in harbours from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo since 2007 will appear in Pittsburgh on Friday.
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 organisations such as the Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr Hofman has said the 12m duck has "healing properties" because it knows no frontiers, doesn't discriminate and doesn't have a political connotation.
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, including huge barges carrying coal and other materials.
"Our job at that point is to alert the maritime community... that there's going to be a duck there," Lt JG Adams said, stifling a chuckle.