Date of Visit: January 8 2013
I waddled over to Darling Harbour early today to beat the heat and to say ‘hi’ to the new sensation of Sydney Festival 2013 – The Giant Rubber Duck! It’s been making appearances on FB as well as the online news overseas. I’ve to ‘waddle’ since my foot is still on the mend from my stress fracture. Good news is that I can feel it feeling less sore and painful. Well, it has to! I’ve been taking Vitamin D like candies- can one OD on Vit D? (I’m serious).
So what do you think of this Ruber Duck? Cheesy, I know, but I am the Queen of Cheese!
This gigantic bath-time duck is designed by an internationally acclaimed Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman (who is also very tall – check out the ABC News link below – the man literally dwarfed over the reporter). It is over 5 stories high and 5 stories wide! True to the designer’s word, it serves no purpose other than fun and whimsical. He said that it’s a copy of the made-in-China yellow rubber duck, pretty ubiquitous in most bath tubs around the world – and no pun intended, but this Duck is pretty well-heeled, 6 replicas in giant bath tubs around the world, including Osaka, Sao Paulo, Auckland, etc. No political agenda, and true to the masetro’s word, it’s hand-stitched by 6 people in Auckland, NZ!
ABC News interviewing the artist Florentijn Hofman:
Australian-Dutch ‘friendship’ link:
The weather bureau got it right today. It’s SKIN-SCORCHINGLY HOT! The mercury nearly hit 43C! Bush-fires are raging in the South, finger crossed that my trip to Canberra next week is still on.
I had a take-away today because I wanted to eat in a air-conditioned room. My lunch from Tapeo in Redfern (pic), didn’t pay for it, so I don’t know its price tag:
The salad was most appetising – tangy mint yoghurt with a medley of roasted capsicums, eggplants, pumpkins,sweet corn, almonds and lots of sweet, sweet sultanas to tart the dish up!
Check out Tapeo!