International Festival of Firsts http://wesa.fm en After More Than 1 Million Visitors, Pittsburgh Duck To Leave Its Nest Sunday http://wesa.fm/post/after-more-1-million-visitors-pittsburgh-duck-leave-its-nest-sunday <p></p><p>Despite an online petition with more than 4,636 signatures (as of this story being published), the Rubber Duck Project will leave Pittsburgh on Sunday night.</p><p>“From the beginning we always said October 20<sup>th</sup> is its date,” said Paul Organisak, vice president for programming at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The work of art has always been, was meant to be, a temporary installation. The power of it is the concentrated period of time to bring people together knowing that they must get down to see it.”</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:42:07 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18368 at http://wesa.fm After More Than 1 Million Visitors, Pittsburgh Duck To Leave Its Nest Sunday Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky http://wesa.fm/post/duck-duck-duck-history-rubber-ducky <p>If you are a resident of Pittsburgh, you have undoubtedly heard about the enormous 40 foot tall rubber duck that is now floating majestically in the river. But where does this iconic bath toy originate from?</p><p>According to Joe Wos, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.toonseum.org/index.html">Toonseum</a>, it goes all the way back to the late 1800&rsquo;s, when regular Saturday baths first became popular. In order to be clean for church on Sunday, the entire family would gather to take their one and only bath of the week. Wos says dips in the tub went from oldest to youngest, Dad went first, then oldest brother, down to the youngest child. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:33 +0000 Katie Martin 17383 at http://wesa.fm Duck, Duck, “DUCK!” - The History of the Rubber Ducky Just How Big is that Giant Floating Rubber Duck? http://wesa.fm/post/just-how-big-giant-floating-rubber-duck <p>Artist Florentijn Hofman&#39;s <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/four-story-duck-headed-pittsburgh">Rubber Duck Project</a> will float down the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers Friday, kicking off Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Festival of Firsts.</p><p>The duck has been on display all over the world, with stops in Amsterdam, Lommel (Belgium), Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong. It&#39;s also spawned some <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/rubber-ducky-youre-not-one-hong-kong-quacker-spawns-others">counterfeit quackers</a>.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:31:18 +0000 Reid Carter 16993 at http://wesa.fm Just How Big is that Giant Floating Rubber Duck? Giant Rubber Duck Poised to 'Change Pittsburgh for a Bit' http://wesa.fm/post/giant-rubber-duck-poised-change-pittsburgh-bit <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:25:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17140 at http://wesa.fm Giant Rubber Duck Poised to 'Change Pittsburgh for a Bit' Four-Story Duck Headed to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/four-story-duck-headed-pittsburgh <p>The task of making Pittsburgh stand out as an international city has fallen on the shoulders of a floating rubber duck.</p><p>The four-story duck is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cultural Trust CEO and President Kevin McMahon said the purpose of this festival is not solely to bring money to Pittsburgh.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:12:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 10688 at http://wesa.fm Four-Story Duck Headed to Pittsburgh