Apparently, this monstrous bath toy was part of the Loire Estuary Outdoor Art Show; a 40-mile stretch of river in France upon which various pieces of outdoor, free-standing (or free-floating) works of art have been placed. The Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, explains his piece as follows:
'A yellow spot on the horizon slowly approaches the coast. People have gatherd and watch in amazement as a giant yellow Rubber Duck approaches. The spectators are greeted by the duck, which slowly nods its head. The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relief mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!'
You only really truly get the scale of the thing in the third photo when you see the boats next to it. Hofman has named his extraordinary artwork Badeend, which translates as ... er ... Rubber Duck.
Ha! Those crazy Dutch artists.
All images are © Florentijn Hofman