Rubber Ducky, you’re the one, You make bath time so much fun, Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you, Doo doo de do… How many of us grew up singing that song in the tub?  Judging by the number of people who we found that were able to sing the song, we gathered, quite a few!

Artist Florentijm Hofman (The Netherlands) wanted to bring joy with his giant duck, which he claims helps reconnect people with their forgotten childhoods, “My scultures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. Passers-by stop in front of them and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again. The Rubber Duck know no frontiers, it doesn’t descriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating, four-story-high Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tension as well as define them.”

The Rubber Duck has been spreading joy around the world while on display in Amsterdam, Belgium, Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong, and arrives in the U.S, to conquer hearts for the first time to launch Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts.

The Rubber Duck Bridge Party ran in tandem with the PIttsburgh Cultural Trust’s Fall Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District- a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment.

To launch the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust closed the Sixth Street Bridge to welcome The Rubber Duck to Pittsburgh and to the United States for the first time. Festivities for the evening included the appearance of the 4-story high, three-story wide Rubber Duck, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Market on the bridge with food and art vendors. Opening the event will be hosts Mikey and Big Bob from KISS FM with DJ Scottro playing tunes into the evening.

For details about the Duck and the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, please log onto their website at: http://www.pifof.org