The 40-foot Rubber Duckie floating in downtown Pittsburgh has made its splash in more than just the Allegheny River. Since its arrival last month, Duck mania gripped the city of Pittsburgh starting with the yellow guest’s arrival on September 27.
Florentijn Hofman, a Dutch artist, created the inflatable rubber duck as a work of contemporary art. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brought the duck to the Steel City, marking its first trip to North America since its birth in 2007, in celebration of their Festival of Firsts.
A number of businesses offer promotions and sell merchandise that spin off the now-distinctive, 40-foot-high icon.
A visitor, once an admitted skeptic, said after visiting the duck, that it is “magically weird.” Another said, “It’s hard to be in a bad mood looking at a giant duck.”
In the first weekend the Trust sold 10,000 duck items—including $20 T-shirts and caps, $10 replicas and $5 posters—to more than 3,500 people. It sells out and reorders new merchandise every day.
A nearby pizza restaurant tripled its usual food delivery and sold out of everything— sandwiches, pizzas, salads—every day since the duck launch.
The duck is scheduled to remain in Pittsburgh until late October.