40-foot rubber duck coming to Pittsburgh


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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's third Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts will open with a 40-foot-tall rubber duck in the Allegheny River.

The Trust announced its lineup for the festival that opens Sept.27 with Florentijn Hofman's "The Rubber Duck" -- which also is 35 feet long and 30 feet wide.

The duck will be launched at the West End Bridge where it will travel toward The Point and under the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Sixth Street Bridge also will be shut down for a bridge party to celebrate the beginning of the festival.

Each Festival of Firsts brings international artists to Pittsburgh for a U.S. based premiere of their work. This year's festival will feature artists and companies from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and more. For the first time, two U.S. artists also will be featured in the festival.

"We think the Cultural Trust's Festival of Firsts will have a really profound impact in creating further awareness of Pittsburgh as a true international city," said Kevin McMahon, Trust president and CEO.

Some featured works include "Kiss and Cry," about a woman looking back at her great loves, "Measure Back," an interactive show that looks at the construction and implementation of war and "The Pigeoning," which is about an obsessive compulsive man and his encounters with pigeons.

Shows and artwork will be shown in various parts of Pittsburgh, including the New Hazlett Theater, Bricolage and Cabaret at Theater Square.

For more information, http://trustarts.org/events/pages/pittsburgh-international-festival-of-firsts/

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