Rubber Duck in Guiyang on July 3, a day before the official start of its exhibition. (Photo/Xinhua)
In Taiwan it got dirty, deflated and at one point exploded. Now across the strait in China, Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck has gone missing in Guiyang, swept away on a swollen river.
The 18-meter-tall inflatable sculpture was washed away by floodwaters on the Nanming river on Wednesday evening around 7pm following torrential downpours in the city over the last two days.
The artwork had been on display in the Guizhou provincial capital from July 4.
"The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrent. It disappeared right in front of me in a few seconds," Yan Jianxin, who helped coordinate the exhibition on behalf of a local company, told the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time blog.
"The duck itself weighed around one ton, together with its over 10-ton floating metal platform, and several steel wires fixing it to the bottom of the river," he added, giving an indication of the power of the current.
The organizer's official microblog page said a reward is being offered to anyone who can find the missing duck, but if nothing turns up over the next two days a back-up duck will be brought in from authorized makers in Taiwan to take its place.