Rubber Duck Project http://wesa.fm en Temporary Art Installations Boost Economy http://wesa.fm/post/temporary-art-installations-boost-economy <p>Temporary art installations are all the rage—while they’re around. This past summer Pittsburgh has seen a host of exhibits including the “yarn-bombing” of the Andy Warhol Bridge and, of course, the Rubber Duck Project.</p><p>Business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the economic impact of these visiting art projects.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:40:39 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18552 at http://wesa.fm Temporary Art Installations Boost Economy 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 Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck http://wesa.fm/post/rubber-duckie-youre-one-pittsburgh-welcomes-giant-floating-duck <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/75631204?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="574"></iframe></p><p>Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.</p> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:09:33 +0000 Ryan Loew 17289 at http://wesa.fm Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck 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'