Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck, which measures 15m high by 15m wide and 18m long, will swim into Cockle Bay as part of the art festival’s Day One – The Arrival.

The giant PVC bath toy was spotted in Sydney Harbour on Thursday for a dress rehearsal before its official launch.

Sydney Festival production manager Mick Jessop has been overseeing the Rubber Duck’s construction for the past nine months.

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“I got to go inside it and see how it goes up and down – it’s like being inside a big yellow bubble,” Mr Jessop said.

“We’re using these beautiful heritage-restored tugs, they’re going to push in the duck, these tugs are going to be completely dwarfed by the duck. It’s going to look like a huge bathtub.”

The giant toy-like sculpture took three people three weeks to sew – approximately 6km of stitching – and takes four blowers about half an hour to inflate.

Hofman’s Rubber Duck was constructed in New Zealand by a company that specialises in sewing stadium roofs and is the most recent of Hofman’s giant rubber creations which have appeared in locations including Osaka, Japan; Auckland, New Zealand; Hasselt, Belgium and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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