Giant rubber duck arrives in Taiwan

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Taiwan's latest visitor

Thousands flocked to the port of Kaohsiung to see Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's famous 59-foot yellow duck, a gigantic version of the iconic bathtub toy. See gallery

Thousands of people crowded the harbor of a Taiwanese city on Thursday to welcome a giant floating yellow rubber duck. The 59-foot duck is a huge version of the bathtub toy. It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who has taken various versions around the world to spread a message of happiness. 

"It keeps on smiling to you, you know. It says, 'don't you worry, laugh, be happy!'" Hofman said Thursday. "This big rubber duck in your harbor, in Kaohsiung in this case, changes Kaohsiung. And it changes also your fantasy and your brain. And it's a piece of art."

City officials hope their iconic guest will attract about 3 million visitors and generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue. It is to remain in the city until Oct. 20.

AP contributed to this story.

In this image: A giant yellow duck sits at the Glory Pier in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Heralding the duck's arrival

A school marching band leader waits in the heat to perform for the arrival of a giant yellow duck in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Ducking the sun

A visitor uses an umbrella to block the heat of the sun as he views a giant yellow duck in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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The artist and his duck

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman waves to spectators as he and his giant yellow duck art piece arrive in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19. 

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Selfie time

Two girls take a photo in front of a giant yellow duck at the Glory Pier in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Greeting the masses

Thousands of visitors surround a giant yellow duck in the port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Thursday, Sept. 19.

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