Australia’s most famous harbor -- Sydney's Darling Harbor -- will be turned into a giant bathtub this month thanks to a massive floating duck placed in its waters.
Given its five-story height, the five-story art piece is sure to garner some “Oohs” and “Ahs.”
The 50-foot yellow duck was out for a test run on Thursday to prepare for its grand entrance on Saturday when Sydney Festival 2013 gets under way, ABC News reported. The arts and music festival will run from Saturday to Jan. 27.
Called "Rubber Duck,” the artwork was created in 2007 by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, 35. It is made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, material
"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation,” Hofman wrote on his website. It also has "healing properties," its creator said.
Floating around Sydney will not be the duck’s first time in the water. The piece has been seen in Brazil, Japan, and, of course, Hofman's native Netherlands.
“It brings joy obviously, and it brings astonishment, and it brings people together,” WTVR.com quoted Hofman as saying. “We are living on a planet, we are one family, and the global waters are our bathtubs. So it joins people.”
It took three people three weeks to sew the duck, according to the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. But it only takes about 30 minutes to inflate the art piece, with the help of four blowers.
Weighing about 1,100 pounds, the Rubber Duck will be sitting atop a 10-tonne barge to make sure it doesn't take flight in the event of high winds, the Telegraph reported.
"We're using these beautiful heritage-restored tugs … [that are] going to be completely dwarfed by the duck," Mick Jessop, the Sydney Festival production manager told the Telegraph. "It's going to look like a huge bathtub."