Friday, October 18, 2013

First/Last-Florentijn Hofman

"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 relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"

Florentijn Hofman brought his duck to Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and I for one loved it. Such a seemingly simple concept attracted plenty of joy, commerce and literally thousands of people to 'experience ' it and ultimately proved what public art can accomplish. That opening night arrival seemed like one damn fun party. Despite some pre-arrival controversy and some people who didn't 'get it', the overall consensus was that our big yellow visitor was a hit. The Rubber Duck will be leaving us this Sunday (even though many want it to stay) so if you want to go say farewell, do so soon. I want to thank Florentijn for bringing his wonderful art to our city and for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
“101 Dalmatians” on vinyl.

Your last album bought?
Midlake, “The Trials of Van Occupanther”.

Favorite album of all time?
Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here”.

First concert attended?
Schoolly D, Amsterdam.

Last concert?
Rodriguez in Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.

Favorite concert ever?
The Black Keys, Amsterdam.

Least favorite concert?
It's always good in a way, if there’s beer and good company.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Had a great time. Saw a nice installation during the museum crawl.

Thanks again, Florentijn. Such a gift you gave to Pittsburgh. We were very lucky to have it.

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