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Keelung’s burst ‘Rubber Duck’ sculpture is back

NEW, IMPROVED?Two more holes opened in the back of the duck and an extra internal exhaust fan should ease internal pressure, the organizer said

Staff writer,with CNA

A giant yellow inflatable duck which exploded on New Year’s Eve returned to Keelung yesterday after it was repaired and cleaned, organizers said.

The giant inflatable art piece, which spent two days in recovery after suddenly bursting on Tuesday afternoon, was ready for display by 10:30am after being led into the port by towboat.

Enthusiastic crowds were already gathered, including a group of kindergarteners who shouted in unison: “Welcome, Rubber Duck!”

Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰), who is in charge of the display, said the exhibition is able to continue thanks to round-the-clock work by the Rubber Duck’s manufacturer to fix the 8m rupture over the past two days.

The success represents the perseverance of people from the port city, he added.

The duck reportedly burst because of rising pressure caused by rapid temperature changes.

To prevent the 18m tall duck from again bursting due to temperature fluctuations, the manufacturer has opened two more holes in the back of the sculpture and installed an extra exhaust fan inside to help adjust internal pressure, Huang said.

The Keelung exhibition, which began on Dec. 21, is scheduled to run through Feb. 28.

Additional reporting by AFP

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