The first day of the Sydney Festival 2013, which runs from 5 – 27 January, saw the arrival of a giant yellow rubber duck at Darling Harbour. The rubber duck is a 15 x 15 metre ‘artwork’, by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.
Day One: An Opening in Three Acts: The Arrival
At 3pm the giant yellow rubber duck took off from where it had been moored and was then pushed by a barge boat towards the Pyrmont Bridge, which is a pedestrian and cyclists bridge crossing Darling Harbour.
The Pyrmont Bridge opened up to let the rubber duck through. Crowds gathered on the part of the Pyrmont Bridge either side that hadn’t been opened, whilst others waited down below around Darling Harbour.
Music played as if to mark the arrival of a deity.
The giant yellow rubber duck can be seen in Darling Harbour during the festival.
More images of the event can be seen here.
Digital Journal’s report of the ‘Fun Run’ - the first act of the Sydney Festival, can be seen here.
For more information see the Sydney Festival 2013 website.