First/Last-Florentijn Hofman

October 18, 2013

“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.