Giant Plastic Duck Documentary posted on Jun 6th, 2008, 11:16pm
A 2.5-metre plastic duck visited the English coast of Cornwall. She was looking for her ducklings who are expected to make landfall on the southwest coast of England after a voyage over the great oceans.
In 1992, during a storm on the Pacific Ocean, 29,000 plastic bathtime toys – ducks –fell over board from a container ship that had left China bound for America. Via the coast of Alaska they reached the Bering Strait in 1995 and, after having withstood the rigours of the Arctic ice, ducks have been observed in the last fewyears on the eastern American seaboard.
Visual artist Marga Houtman from Warns (NL) created the mother duck after reading a newspaper report in 2003 about the journey undertaken by the ducklings. Her gigantic plastic duck has a look in her eye that,while always friendly and searching is at the same time somewhat sad. The expected reunion of the mother duck and her ducklings will be recorded by Marga Houtman in a short documentary made in collaboration with visual artist and video filmmaker Patrick Gofre. The influence of the wandering plastic ducklings on people and nature will play an important part in the film. For this, questions will be put to a psychoanalyst, a cultural historian, scientists of the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Southampton, as well as various fishermen, beachcombers and holidaymakers.