Danish Duck

Earlier in the year, during Sydney Festival, you may recall there was a “giant rubber duck” in Sydney. As with the snails which are currently part of “Art & About” festival, it was one of those great public art projects which captured Sydney’s imagination, able to transcend generations and inspire a child-like wonder in us all.

Unbeknownst, a few months later, while visiting Denmark, a lovely woman we stayed with called Marian, gave both Sue and I a much smaller rubber duck of our own, as a souvenir of our time staying with her.

For months, the duck been sitting in my lounge-room back in Sydney, waiting for the right opportunity. I’ve been wanting to pop down to the harbour and take a photograph of the duck back in Sydney. Significantly, Marian and her sister had both lived in Sydney for a number of years, with very fond memories. I thought a photograph of the duck in situ would be a lovely way of saying thanks, and an affirmation we had kept our souvenir ducks, though the temptation of longer-travel may have been to ditch them as soon as we had left Copenhagen.

Finally, the time was right, the weather was right, and so I snapped a photograph today of a duck from Denmark seated in front of the Danish-designed Sydney Opera House. Hopefully it gave Marian a smile…

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