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No Dream Duck: transportation minister
Central News Agency
2014-01-10 10:48 PM
Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's transportation minister is opposed to the idea of displaying a local version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant yellow duck because it would damage Taiwan's international image. "The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) doesn't see that as appropriate," Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said Friday in response to a Taiwanese company's plan to make and display an 18-meter-tall "Dream Duck" near the Port of Keelung, where Hofman's "Rubber Duck" can currently be seen. Yeh said he would instruct the port's operator, the Taiwan International Ports Corp., a corporation under the MOTC's supervision, to persuade the company -- Yu Sheng Co. -- to abandon its plans. Although the "Dream Duck" would be legal under domestic law, it would harm Taiwan's international image, Yeh said. He also did not think the Dream Duck would draw crowds or create commercial opportunities, as the New Taipei-based Yu Sheng believes. Yu Sheng bid NT$16 million (US$532,000) to win a contract from the port to manage areas set aside for the sale of merchandise and food during the Rubber Duck's appearance in Keelung from Dec. 21 to Feb. 8. But because the Rubber Duck's final position in the harbor has left it a long way away from the concession stands and facing in the opposite direction, visitor numbers to the area managed by Yu Sheng have fallen far short of expectations. Yu Sheng said the Dream Duck, which it plans to display on the wharf at the Rubber Duck venue, would draw more crowds to its concession stands and create a better atmosphere. In a letter to the company, however, the Port of Keelung expressed its opposition to the plan, which it argued would trigger a controversy over whether it violated Hofman's copyright. (By Angela Tsai and Elizabeth Hsu)
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