Giant Rubber Duck makes a splash in Port of Los Angeles


A super-sized childhood bath toy is dominating the harbor in San Pedro today as it continues its world tour.

A six-story-tall floating “Rubber Duck” is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade that starts at 2 p.m. today.

Dubbed the world’s largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.


“The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties,” Hofman said on the event’s website. “It can relieve the world’s tensions as well as define them.”

Tickets to the event cost $15 to $19.

Rubber Duck will be tethered to a heavy barge to keep it from blowing away and will be illuminated until 11 each night, according to organizers.

The duck has appeared in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh. The ducks and ships will remain at the Port of Los Angeles until Sunday.