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I like big ducks and I cannot lie! ^_^ No, seriously. I’ve been following the travels of the world’s largest rubber duckie ever since it made its debut in Hong Kong, so when I heard news of it making its way to Los Angeles, I was pretty ecstatic. I was set on buying tickets but I happened to see Discover LA’s Twitter giveaway, and one retweet later, I was one of five lucky winners to receive a pair of tickets to the Tall Ships LA Festival.
A little background on the giant duck. It was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and apparently the duck is just one of many other giant floating sculptures that he designed. It has already appeared in many countries including Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh. Although LA is the third North American city to host the duck, it’s also the first west coast port to do so.
“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The Rubber Duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”
^My adorable sister re-living her Bruin days :)
The weekend that the duck was docking in the port of Los Angeles happened to align with my niece Giuliana’s third birthday, so I decided to be the best auntie ever and take her with me. Somehow her brother and her mother snuck their way onto the trip though.. (jk, I love you Carolyn and James!) I have to admit that I was not very pleased with the organization of the event or the attitude of some of the staff members, but despite all that it was fun to finally see big yellow up close and personal.
^Auntie Nichole also came to the party and turned Giuliana into a kitty. She's an incredibly talented artist and you should all check out her work!
Ugh. My niece is the cutest. Anyway, just as a FYI - if you didn’t get a chance to see the rubber duck this past weekend, its stay has extended until the 6th of September! You're welcome.