A 18 meter tall duck statue made its debut today in Kaohsiung harbor in Taiwan, attracting some 200,000 spectators. The floating statue by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is one of a series that have appeared in fifteen cities all over the world since 2007. Kaohsiung expects to draw nearly three million visitors who could generate the equivalent of over $30 million US dollars for local businesses between today and October 20, when the duck will leave the harbor and travel north to Taoyuan.
Many are concerned for the duck’s safety as tropical storm Usagi approaches Taiwan and could cause heavy rain and wind September 21-22. Wednesday morning the Central Weather Bureau reported that Usagi was 1,150 km southeast of Eluanbi and moving west at 9 kilometers per hour.