PHOTOS: Giant Rubber Duck Floats in Hong Kong Harbor

It’s not quite the same as King Kong coming to Tokyo, but a new art installation featuring a rubber duckie has taken Hong Kong by storm.

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Artist Florentijn Hofman's 54-ft.-tall inflatable rubber duck is pictured in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013

It’s not quite the same as King Kong coming to Tokyo, but a new art installation in Hong Kong featuring a rubber duck bobbing in the harbor has become the city’s latest attraction.

On Thursday, a 54-foot rubber duck made its grand entrance into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, courtesy of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

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The duck’s appearance wasn’t a surprise, according to CNN. For two weeks, local media embarked on their very own “duck watch,” anticipating the oversized duck’s introduction.

Hofman was overwhelmed by the response as thousands of people lined up along the harbor, striving to get a good view of the art piece.

“I’ve wanted to come [to Hong Kong] for years — and my duck made it here before me!” he quipped.

The former British colony is composed of several large islands, and Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour runs between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, two of the city’s most dynamic territories. It is also one of the world’s busiest ports.

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The sculpture won’t be a permanent feature of Hong Kong’s landscape, but the duck will be on display until June 9. Afterwards, it will head towards its next destination, for the U.S. Hofman plans to keep the exact location secret until the last minute.

The duck has already appeared in Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and other parts of the world.

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duckband

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duckdancers

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duckpainting

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wiredmash
wiredmash

I need one for my bath tub.