July 11, 2007
You stand on the pier looking out over the Loire, enjoying the riverside view. Suddenly a giant yellow monstrosity drifts into view, bobbing gently on the current. Is this some kind of horrible nightmare, or perhaps a scene from an avant garde film? No, it’s art! Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman as part of the “Loire Estuary 2007” contemporary-art exhibition, the enormous “Rubber Duck” is “soft, friendly and suitable for all ages” according to its maker. While that may be so, at 105 feet tall and 85 feet wide the rubber-coated PVC “Duck” will be pretty hard to fit in your bathtub. Launched at the beginning of July, “Rubber Duck” can be seen floating within the area of the outdoor art exhibition through September 1, 2007.