China condemns plague of fake ducks

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The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country, after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several cities. Visitors…

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 16.5 metre (54 foot) tall yellow inflatable has been a sensation in both Hong Kong and mainland China since it was installed in Victoria Harbour a month ago. Property…

Property developers in several cities, among them Hangzhou, Wuhan and Tianjin, have rushed to install similar, albeit smaller, yellow ducks to attract potential customers to their projects. In an editorial…

In an editorial the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper, condemned the imitators for betraying what it said was Hofman’s own message.

The duck, it said, was a symbol of “humanity’s shared culture and childhood memories, pure art and anti-commercialisation”.

Copycat ducks were merely “kitsch” and such unoriginal behaviour “will ruin our creativity and our future and…

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