Date
25 March 2019
‘Companion', a giant inflatable by artist Brian Donnelly, also known as  Kaws, has been in Tai O for a test float, as per a picture provided by the event organizer. Photo: NK7
‘Companion', a giant inflatable by artist Brian Donnelly, also known as Kaws, has been in Tai O for a test float, as per a picture provided by the event organizer. Photo: NK7

Giant inflatable ‘Companion’ to be on show in Victoria Harbour

Six years after a giant rubber duck went on display in waters of Victoria Harbour, drawing hordes of curious onlookers, Hong Kong is set to witness an even bigger inflatable attraction this month.

Joining the activities for the annual Hong Kong Arts Month, American artist Brian Donnelly, who goes by the professional name Kaws, is set to bring a giant inflatable version of his “Companion” character to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong will be the inflatable’s third stop in Asia after Seoul in July last year and Taipei in January this year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to the organizer of the Hong Kong event, Companion will be displayed on the waters in Victoria Harbour outside Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section) from March 22 for a total of 10 days.

According to a spokesperson, people in Hong Kong will see a different Companion from the ones displayed in Seoul and Taipei in terms of both position and tint.

It is understood that the Hong Kong Companion will be 37 meters in length, a size that is more than two times that of the giant duck seen in 2013 as well as longer than the Seoul and Taipei ones.

As per photos provided by the organizer, the Companion has arrived in Hong Kong, though its current whereabouts are not yet known.

As the inflatable figure will be displayed in the lying-down position, floating on the waters on its back, rather than standing upright, the organizer suggested that visitors should choose a site with an altitude of eight meters or higher at the Promenade in Central to get the best view.

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