Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck

Sep 28, 2013

The Rubber Duck Project passes by Point State Park in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.
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Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.

Artist Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck Project floated down the Ohio and Allegheny rivers Friday, kicking off Pittsburgh’s Festival of Firsts. The Rubber Duck Project launched with a party on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The duck was expected to then be pulled by a tugboat to a nesting spot at the Point, where it will remain for about three weeks.

The giant duck has been in many locations throughout the world, including China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

Social media was abuzz since the duck's arrival. Here's a sampling: