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China's ruling Communist Party has condemned an outbreak of giant yellow ducks across the country as "kitsch and unoriginal", after imitations of an artwork in Hong Kong landed in several cities....
...In an editorial the People's Daily, China's most-circulated newspaper, condemned the imitators for betraying what it said was [the orignal artist's] own message.
The duck, it said, was a symbol of "humanity's shared culture and childhood memories, pure art and anti-commercialisation".
Copycat ducks were merely "kitsch" and such unoriginal behaviour "will ruin our creativity and our future and lead to the loss of imagination eventually" it said.
One company, KK Inflatable, is selling ducks in multiple sizes, one of them even larger than Hofman's creation, on Taobao, China's biggest shopping website.
A two-metre one costs 2,800 yuan (£299), one of the size of Hofman's is 118,000, and the biggest bird of all, a 20-metre monster duck, costs 149,800 yuan.