Pittsburgh's Rubber Duck to be redeployed to Norfolk
The duck is ready to fly south.
The giant Rubber Duck, which called Pittsburgh rivers home for almost a month in the fall, will be displayed in Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art will use the same inflatable duck the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presented as part of the International Festival of Firsts.
“We are pleased to be able to share the joy of the Rubber Duck Project with the Chrysler Museum,” says Paul Organisak, vice president of programming and curator for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. “The project brought Pittsburgh together in a unique way over the course of its three-week stay, attracted over one million people and generated tens of millions of dollars in direct spending in Downtown Pittsburgh.”
The 40-foot-tall duck will be re-launched as part of the museum's reopening on May 10. The inflatable sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman will be moored in front of the Chrysler Museum's entrance from May 17 to 26.
Norfolk will be the second U.S. site to host the duck.
After the duck departed Point State Park on Oct. 21, Trust officials said it would be stored in a warehouse on the South Side until any decisions were made about its future.
Spokeswoman Shaunda Miles says the Trust is receiving compensation for the duck's redeployment, as is the artist, but details concerning the arrangements are “contractually confidential.”
Miles says the duck is insured, should it be damaged during its stay in Virginia.
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