Jumbo Rubber Ducky Videographer To Document China's South-North Water Diversion Project

When state-owned broadcast network China Central Television (CCTV) set out to record progress on the massive South-North Water Diversion Project, they did what anyone would do: equip a six-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck with a video camera and launch it into the nearest canal.

Inflatable ducks have been a thing in China since Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman released a 16.5 meter (54  feet) high inflatable yellow duck into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor in May of 2013. Subsequently, giant inflatable ducks both authorized and counterfeit have appeared on waterways in a host of Chinese cities. At this point it's only natural for any floating project, artistic or not, to take the form of a huge rubber ducky – it's the perfect way to NOT attract attention and/or interference from the general public.

And so it was on a bright, sunny, mid-December morning, CCTV's broad-billed videographer set out on a journey of many miles. The duck will go with the flow of water up the Central Route of the South-North Water Diversion Project, which extends approximately 1,264 km (785 miles) from the Danjiangkou Reservoir on the Han river (a tributary of the Yangtse River) to Beijing. As the canal has no locks and will flow north under the influence of gravity alone, there should be no hold-ups on the rubber duck's epic journey

Eventually, according to the microblog of China Central Television (CCTV), all of the video footage recorded by the camera-equipped duck will be turned into a documentary about the water diversion project. Hailed as one of China's largest megaprojects of the modern era, the South-North Water Diversion Project was designed to pump 9.5 billion cubic meters of water from the Yangtze River to several destinations across China's drought-ridden northern provinces. Presumably where this rubber duck goes, actual ducks may someday follow. (via China Daily)