Beijing Design Week Confronts Copying with Giant Rubber Duck

Those of you who were in Sydney for the Sydney Festival earlier in 2013 will recognise the infamous giant inflatable rubber duck by Florentijin Hofman that was seen floating in Sydney Harbour for the duration of the festival.

Organisers of Beijing Design Week have announced that the original 10-metre high plastic anatidae will be making an appearance during the festival as a way to highlight issues of copyright.

Another version of the duck – also authentic – was shown in Hong Kong earlier this year and inspired a raft of counterfeit inflatable ducks popping up in waters all over China, including cities Tianjin and Wuhan.

There have also been reports of inauthentic merchandise being distributed featuring the famous inflatable quacker.

Beijing Design Week event organisers hope that using the authentic duck will raise awareness around the issue of copying in design – and has pledged to take legal action against any unlicensed copies.

Quack! Quack!