Nothing is more adorable and terrifying than a giant version of something tiny. Take a kitten, baby, puppy, or anything that’s got a cute Youtube video and make it 20 feet tall and you’ve got a potential menace scarier than the Stay Puft mascot. This October in Osaka the most adorable sea creature loomed on the water. A giant rubber ducky appeared on the river near Nakanoshima Park, to the surprise of locals.
The rubber duck stand at around 31 feet tall and was inflated as part of the citywide Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2011 Festival. The huge attraction wasn’t just a picture opportunity. The installation was made to raise funds for earthquake charity. Five thousand tiny toy ducks like their giant sibling and 300 limited t-shirts were sold around the park it surrounded, as well as magnets and stickers. Its proceeds went directly to charity.
The duck was originally created by Dutch artist Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in 2009 and was made famous by the first installation. It was brought back to lift spirits and to raise the money necessary to rebuild and help the many affected by the recent disasters.
Below are two videos of the duck being installed and hanging out on the water. To see more pictures and the rest of Florentijn Hofman’s work, visit the gallery here.
Mallory "Friday" Soto is the Editor of Cool Sh!t, Joonbug's source for internet culture, tech, charity, and the arts. A former Lit zine editor and comic book fan, she comes from a background of short stories and tales of masked vigilantes. She's a native New Yorker and avid video game fan.