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Rubber Duck's LA Port Call Introduces Brood of Tall Ships

By    |   Friday, 22 Aug 2014 10:42 AM

A giant rubber duck in the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday was not a Hollywood optical illusion, but the lead to a preview of a Tall Ships Festival that started in San Pedro.

The inflatable floating rubber duck, which towered six stories on the water, is the creation of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who dubbed it as the world's largest rubber duck, according to the Los Angeles Times. No doubt.

The rubber duck led the parade of tall ships into the port where it will remain until Sunday, according to the Times.

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"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers; it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation," Hofman said on the Tall Ships Festival website. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages."

Craig Samborski, executive producer of the Tall Ships Festival, said Hofman's duck is a symbol of unity the event represents.

"This giant Rubber Duck is an iconic way to bring all cultures together," said Samborski. "Los Angeles is the ideal place for the Duck to celebrate the world’s diversity and culture."

The duck has made other stops in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh, according to the website.

The outsized rubber duck was a hit on social media.



KTLA-TV reported that visitors also will get to see the SS Lane Victory, which served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, and the USS Iowa, which was once called "the world's greatest Naval ship.

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