Sounding in another year of design focused events for 2013, the Powerhouse Museum presents internationally acclaimed Dutch visual artist Florentijn Hofman on 6 January. Hofman is creator of a wide range of mammoth sculptures based on everyday life and you get a good feel for his sense of humour on visiting his website where you’re greeted with New Year cheer before tracing the grand and extensive itinerary of the famed Rubber Duckie.
From Sau Paulo to Wassenaar, rubber duckie is well traveled. Hofman says,
“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”!
On the 5 January he will be astonishing Sydneysiders at Cockle Bay when the unmissable duckie arrives. According to Sydney Festival organisers launch day includes…
“101 performers, 21 boat skippers, 5000 duck whistles, 5000 bubble blowers, 3000 little ducks, 8 bathtub boats, 7 miniature tugs, 2 full size tugs, 1 canoe, 4 trampolines, 216 square meters of taekwondo matting, one bathtub, 120 pairs of Pyjamas, 70 bathrobes, 120 pairs of slippers, a floating stage that is 138m wide and a giant rubber duck. Yep, it’s big.
“For the duration of the Festival, Darling Harbour will be home to Florentijn Hofman’s giant bobbing artwork Rubber Duck. Join us at Cockle Bay as we celebrate the arrival of Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck with music, dance and a floating party when acclaimed director Patrick Nolan rolls out the welcome mat with a harbour spectacle befitting this gigantic arrival.”
The delightful rubber duck remains on view throughout the Festival of Sydney.
So waddle along to the Powerhouse Musuem on Sunday 6 January to see Hofman speak about his inventive, bold, cartoonish works and how they alienate, unsettle or cause uproar. His list of over sized sculptures include Rubber Duck, Fat Monkey (2010), made up of 10,000 bright-coloured thongs, and Steelman (2011), an 11-metre high bear with a pillow under its arm. The talk will be followed by duck themed refreshments.
This event is part of Sydney Festival 2013.
You can view more video footage of his work here.
To book the talk, go here .