China paper condemns  copycat ducks

DUCKY DOUBLE: The popularity of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has not gone unnoticed in mainland China, where imitations have appeared in several cities like Hangzhou, Wuhan and Tianjin (above).


    Jun 04, 2013

    China paper condemns copycat ducks

    THE official mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country yesterday, after imitations of a work of art in Hong Kong appeared in several cities.

    Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5m-tall yellow inflatable has been a sensation in both Hong Kong and mainland China since it was installed in Victoria Harbour a month ago.

    Property developers in several cities - among them Hangzhou, Wuhan and Tianjin - have rushed to install similar, albeit smaller, yellow ducks to attract potential customers to their projects.

    An editorial of the People's Daily, China's most-circulated newspaper, said copycat ducks were merely "kitsch" and such unoriginal behaviour "will ruin our creativity and our future, and lead to the loss of imagination eventually".

    "The more yellow ducks there are, the further we are from Hofman's anti-commercialisation spirit, and the more obvious our weak creativity is," it said.

    For those who want a giant rubber duck of their own, China's vast army of manufacturing firms has moved to meet any demand.

    One company, KK Inflatable, is selling ducks in multiple sizes, one of them even larger than Hofman's creation, on shopping website Taobao.