For anyone who’s been missing the presence of the colossal rubber duck, the hugely popular public art in 2013 by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, you can keep your eyes peeled for another giant float making its way to our shores from March 22.
As part of Hong Kong Arts Month, renowned American artist and designer Kaws is bringing a 37m long, monumental inflatable sculpture of his signature character, Companion – think of it as a morbid version of Mickey Mouse – to Central Harbourfront. Reclining on its back and with Xs for eyes, the floating sculpture Kaws:Holiday, invites Hongkongers to join Companion to lie back and relax, or amuse themselves with the image of what is essentially is a gigantic dead mouse left adrift on Victoria Harbour. The public art has already generated huge buzz and following after its tour in Seoul and Taipei, but for the Hong Kong stop, Kaws is planning for it to be even bigger.
During the 10-day exhibition, there’ll be tons of merch and limited-edition collectibles available, including bathtub toy versions of the inflatable sculpture, a 170cm floating bed, tote bags and t-shirts, which you can purchase via this website here.
So make your way towards Central and Western District Promenade between March 22-31 and have your cameras ready – kaws you’re going to need it.