This week we caught up with Rubber Duck artist Florentijn Hofman.
What experience do you hope people have when they see the Rubber Duck?
I hope they experience joy and happiness, and feel like playing and discovering new things in life again. Also I want them to feel connected to all the other people in the world that experienced the Rubber Duck in their public space.
Will Parramatta River be the first time the Rubber Duck will be in an environment with real ducks?
In Pittsburgh there were also ducks on the river.
What kind of responses have people had to the Rubber Duck? Have you been surprised by them?
People fall in love with the sculpture, stay a long time and look at the artwork from many different angles. They want to keep the work and don't want to see it leave.
Many people pose for photographs with it. Some people have even proposed marriage to their partners when they've been in the company of the Rubber Duck.
What are your childhood memories of rubber ducks?
No specific memories.
This is a global artwork, a concept that I came up with in 2001. It has nothing to do with my childhood. I played with other objects in the bath.
Is it true that you don't like to talk about what's inside the Rubber Duck? Why is that?
There is nothing inside; it's only filled up with air. Interestingly enough, that's what the work is also about — an image of a rubber duck in thin fabric. Inside it's air and actually it fills up with layers of meaning of what the Rubber Duck is and resembles: a yellow catalyst.