A giant yellow duck floated around Sydney Harbour on Thursday in a rehearsal for a Sydney Festival event which organizers
say will turn the harbor into a "giant bathtub". (Jan. 3)
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DURATION: 1:03-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:AuBC - No Access Australia/ AP Clients OnlySydney, Australia - Jan. 3, 20121. Wide of giant rubber duck sailing into Sydney's Darling Harbour 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lieven Bertels, Sydney Festival Director:"What the duck does of course is also open the festival to people that weren't perhaps aware of what the Sydney Festival is, because it's very visible. People will see it from the highway, will see it from the harbor, it's five storeys high, and it's just a very quirky way to say 'the festival is on, please join us in the party'." 3. Wide of duck sailing into harbour4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Florentijn Hofman, artist: "It brings joy obviously, and it brings astonishment, and it brings people together. We are living on a planet, we are one family, and the global waters are our bathtub, so it joins you know, joins people."5. Close of duck's head sailing past multi-storey buildings6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Florentijn Hofman, artist: "Sometimes people run to it and start crying because it is leaving. I even had a woman that wanted to take a photograph and forgot to handbrake her car, and the car went into the harbor, and the fire brigade had to pull it out of the water with divers. So yes, people love it."7. Wide of duck moored in harborSTORYLINE: A giant rubber duck took to the waters of Sydney Harbour on Thursday in a dawn rehearsal for a Sydney Festival event which organizers say will turn the harbor into a "giant bathtub". The 50-foot duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, will sail into Darling Harbour on Saturday to launch the city's summer festival. Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels said the eye-catching event will open the festival to new audiences. "People will see it from the highway, will see it from the harbor, it's five stories high, and it's just a very quirky way to say 'the festival is on, please join us in the party'", he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Hofman's oversized ducks have previously been exhibited in France, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil and New Zealand. Although known as 'Rubber Duck', the bright yellow creature is made of PVC material and was constructed in New Zealand by a company specializing in large sails, local media reported. Sydney Festival officials said the duck took three weeks to make, and takes about half an hour to inflate. Hofman said his giant duck "brings people together". "We are living on a planet, we are one family, and the global waters are our bathtub, so it joins people," he said at Thursday's rehearsal. Hofman said that, at a previous display, a woman crashed into a harbor in her car while trying to take a photo of the duck. After the launch event on Saturday, the giant duck will remain moored in Darling Harbour for the duration of the Sydney Festival until 23 January.