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Rubber duck spotted

1 September 2008 - While Zuideramstel anxiously awaits the return of the rubber duck, it was floating opposite the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ last weekend. In addition, a clone has been spotted in the Houthavens, the Rivierenbuurt weblog reports.

The rubber duck is a work of art by Florentijn Hofman which floated for a while in a pond near RAI Station in Zuideramstel. After neighbourhood photographer Louis Hofman (not related) discovered the duck, it became a veritable media hype and became a public's favourite.

The duck was only supposed to remain in Zuideramstel for a couple of months. However, urged by GroenLinks and VVD (GroenLinks even suggested to create a Friends of the Duck Association), alderman Paul Slettenhaar promised to do his best to obtain a permanent work of art 'with a similar character as the rubber duck' for the pond. He did add that he would first investigate the financial implications.

During the Uitmarkt - the opening of the Amsterdam cultural season - the rubber duck floated opposite the Muziekgebouw. However, the Rivierenbuurt weblog quotes sources who spotted a clone in the Houthavens, at the other side of the IJ.

The weblog has been covering the rubber duck story on a regular basis. In August, it pointed the Zuideramstel administration to an advertisement of the Dirk van den Broek Supermarket, offering rubber ducks for only 0.99 euro.

Rivierenbuurt weblog (in Dutch)


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