Seoul gets some pretty damn adorable art installations. (See Rubber Duck!) Just another reason to love this city. The latest installation that has captured the hearts of girls all over Korea is 1600 Pandas+. The name says it all, really, the exhibit is 1600+ paper mache pandas that have been on a world tour for seven years. The pandas actual number 1800 and there’s a good reason for that. The installation’s main objective when it was created in 2008 was to bring awareness to the fact that there were only 1600 pandas living in the wild and in danger of becoming extinct. But the number has grown because of more eco-awareness. So yeah, it’s the most adorable invasion ever, but the message is working. That’s a pretty amazing thing in and of itself.
The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages! Florentijin Hofman: Artist If ever there was an art project with no real message, the Rubber Duck Project is one. And that is not me being hypercritical. The Rubber Duck has one purpose and it does it’s job very well: It makes you happy. As soon as I beheld the giant, yellow duck I was instantly happy. I wasn’t alone. I watched site-goers faces as they came down the hill to the duck’s temporary home and they were just lit up by the friendly duck. It was wonderful. This was something I really needed. It’s been a rough few weeks with too much drama. As soon as I went down to the pond and saw how happy everyone was there, I felt better.