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Keelung to ask for new ‘Rubber Duck’ after first one burst

Staff writer, with CNA

Following the loss of its 18m-tall Rubber Duck on Tuesday, Keelung plans to call for a replacement inflatable, set to arrive by Saturday, according to the chief organizer of the event.

Despite speculation, the new duck will not be the one previously displayed in Greater Kao-hsiung, but one made for the next stop on the world-famous art project’s tour.

Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰), chief organizer of the art piece’s exhibition in the port city, said that the new duck is being put together by a balloon-making firm in New Taipei City (新北市) called Airglow and is 70 percent completed.

Fu Chao-ming (傅昭銘), a physics professor at National Taiwan University, suspects that too much air pumped into the inflatable monolith caused it to burst.

He dismissed suggestions that the burst that ripped the Rubber Duck open was caused by sudden temperature changes, because the area has seen temperatures shift by a maximum of just 9?C in the 10 days since the duck went on display.

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