This Giant Rubber Duck is Coming to Take Over the Three Rivers

Florentijn Hofman's floating art installation will kick off the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts this fall.




Photo via Flickr
 

 

Just a fair warning: If you happen to be boating in the Allegheny River this September and you see a 40-foot-tall duck appear on the horizon, menacingly inching closer and closer with an unflinching gaze until the city skyline is blocked by its immensity, you are not hallucinating. Your Iron City was not dosed by your Cool Uncle Ron. That duck is real.

Florentijn Hofman's floating art installation, "The Rubber Duck," has captivated cities from Hong Kong to Sydney to Tokyo, and now it's coming to Pittsburgh. The launch of the duck in the Allegheny River will kick off the the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's International Festival of Firsts on Sept. 27.

Now we throw out a challenge to you, Mr. Garrett Jones. Your 463-foot home run that splashed into the Allegheny was impressive, but if you can manage to hit the giant duck and deflate it with your raw power, you might actually break the internet.
 


 

Your move, Jones.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

Where Your House Sells the Quickest in the Pittsburgh Area

Where Your House Sells the Quickest in the Pittsburgh Area

The real-estate website Zillow has ranked the region's 50 hottest housing markets. Do you live in one of them?
 Newly Opened Battlegrounds Offers More Than Just Airsoft

Newly Opened Battlegrounds Offers More Than Just Airsoft

The Factory Building on Homestead's Eighth Avenue is the site of tournaments and more.
Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Shakes It Up in Hawaii

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams Shakes It Up in Hawaii

The running back tried some new moves with the help of hula dancers and was proud enough to post the video for all to see.
Highway Heritage: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Celebrates 75

Highway Heritage: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Celebrates 75

2015 marks the diamond anniversary of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which set the tone for highways nationwide.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best of the 'Burgh 2016

Best of the 'Burgh 2016

We scoured the region to bring you 53 items we’ve deemed this year’s “Best of the ’Burgh,” as well as 8 stellar local Instagram accounts you don’t want to miss.
See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

After writing for seven years about the city for Pittsburgh Magazine and pittsburghmagazine.com, Virginia Montanez is discontinuing her blog and column.
Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

The restaurant at Ace Hotel in East Liberty hits some high notes as it finds itself.
Pride of McKeesport: WNBA Star Swin Cash

Pride of McKeesport: WNBA Star Swin Cash

During her final season of professional basketball, Cash remains ferocious on the court and selfless everywhere else.
Idol Find: Pittsburgh Rapper Teams Up with Dad Jimmy McNichol for New Show

Idol Find: Pittsburgh Rapper Teams Up with Dad Jimmy McNichol for New Show

Research led Kellee Maize to discover she is the daughter of the former teen singing sensation. Now she and McNichol are teaming up to develop a television series to help other parents and children find each other.
Daytripping: Rating the Roller Coasters at Cedar Point

Daytripping: Rating the Roller Coasters at Cedar Point

One day, 18 roller coasters, four queasy stomachs, two cheeseburgers, one fried dough … whew.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module