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Giant rubber duck in China looks more like disgruntled chicken

Sept. 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM   |   Comments

BEIJING, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Officials in China said they repaired a 60-foot-tall inflatable duck that, because it wasn't assembled properly, resembled a disgruntled chicken.

The duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was put on display Friday at the International Garden Expo Park, but it didn't quite look right, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

The duck wasn't inflated properly so its skin looked wrinkly, while the beak was droopy, causing it to appear more like a chicken, Xinhua said.

Zeng Hui, deputy manager of the Beijing Design Week Organizing Committee Office, said the bird was taken down Friday night and a maintenance team reassembled and properly inflated it over the course of 8 hours.

"There were some flaws when inflating the duck, and we have adjusted it overnight," Zeng said. "A good design will not have the ideal display effect without good manufacturing."

The duck has been put back up and will remain in place until Sept. 23. It will then be moved to the Summer Palace in Beijing where it will remain through Oct. 26, Xinhua said.

The giant duck has been set up in a variety of tourist locations throughout China, though what it symbolizes wasn't reported.

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