KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (NBC/APTN) - Thousands of people lined a harbor in Taiwan for the arrival of a giant, yellow rubber duck.
The sun shined on Thursday as the inflatable art installation docked at Glory Pier.
The iconic duck is the brainchild of a Dutch artist who has taken his creation around the world to spread a message of happiness.
It will remain at the pier until Oct. 20, and then it will travel to other locations in Taiwan.
City officials said they hope the special guest will attract 3 million visitors and generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue.
One balloon-maker has already been reaping the benefit of the giant visitor by selling duck models.
The artist who came up with the idea for the giant duck, however, talked about the joy it was intended to bring.
"I think this yellow dot of joy, just ... is irresistible, you know,” said Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. “I was looking at it again, and I already saw it for 12 years. And it keeps on smiling to you, you know. It says, ‘Don't you worry. Laugh; be happy!' And fantasize also, because I think having this big rubber duck, it's not a small rubber duck, you know. That's different. This big rubber duck in your harbor, in Kaohsiung in this case, changes Kaohsiung. And it changes also your fantasy and your brain. And it's a piece of art."
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