PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have been drawing huge crowds on the North Shore all season, but there’s something else that’s still attracting large numbers.

The giant rubber duck is the city’s most welcomed and most visited new resident.

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“People only go someplace else from where they are and see something or experience something if it’s unique and this is a unique thing,” Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis

Davis said he and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are pleased with how well the 40×30-foot inflatable rubber duck has been accepted.

Ever since its arrival last weekend, the duck has been drawing people from around the region to Point State Park.

“It’s exciting. At least it brings a lot of people to the city,” one woman said.

So, what’s the draw?

“It’s yellow. It’s big, has a big orange nose,” a child said.

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What about artistic value?

“The duck is awesome. Just such a great experience to have this international celebrity sensation here in Pittsburgh, the home of pop art,” one man said.

Or, is it just the way it makes people feel?

“I read an article about the artist who made the duck and he was saying that it’s supposed to bring peace and healing and it looks like it’s bringing us all together,” another woman said.

Whatever that special something is there’s no shortage of interest or spectators snapping a picture or just giving a big smile.


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