Giant rubber duck world tour comes to Los Angeles

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The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy.

A 60-foot-tall rubber duck sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA. It will remain in the harbor through Sunday.

Dutch artist Florentijn (FLOR'-ihn-tyn) Hofman debuted the duck in 2007 and versions of it have been seen around the world in places including China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. (AP)

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A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats under the Vincent Thomas Bridge through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME)
Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats under the Vincent Thomas Bridge through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats under the Vincent Thomas Bridge through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME)
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME)
Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro
A giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro, California August 20, 2014. The creation, which is five stories tall and five stories wide, has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY MARITIME)
A 16.5-meter(650-inch)-high giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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A 16.5-meter(650-inch)-high giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Parramatta River, as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival, in Western Sydney January 10, 2014. The creation is five stories tall and five stories wide and has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
The giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Parramatta River, as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival, in Western Sydney
The giant inflatable Rubber Duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Parramatta River, as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival, in Western Sydney January 10, 2014. The creation is five stories tall and five stories wide and has been seen floating in various cities around the world since 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
People gather to see a giant Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman at Glory Pier on September 19, 2013 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The 'Rubber' Duck,' is traveling the world and will stop in Kaohsiung from September 19 to October 20. 
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN - SEPTEMBER 19
People gather to see a giant Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman at Glory Pier on September 19, 2013 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The 'Rubber' Duck,' is traveling the world and will stop in Kaohsiung from September 19 to October 20. 
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: (CHINA OUT) A giant, inflatable "Rubber Duck" designed by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman is uninstalled at the Summer Palace on October 27, 2013 in Beijing, China. The 18-meter high rubber duck, an installation by Hofman, left Beijing on October 27, after nearly two-months on display in the city. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Rubber Duck To Leave Beijing
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: (CHINA OUT) A giant, inflatable "Rubber Duck" designed by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman is uninstalled at the Summer Palace on October 27, 2013 in Beijing, China. The 18-meter high rubber duck, an installation by Hofman, left Beijing on October 27, after nearly two-months on display in the city. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A 40-foot-high (12-metre-high) and 30-foot-wide (nine-metre-wide) inflatable rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is towed up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 27, 2013. The event marks the North American debut of Hofman's Rubber Duck Project, which has taken place in other cities in Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A giant inflatable rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is towed up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh
A 40-foot-high (12-metre-high) and 30-foot-wide (nine-metre-wide) inflatable rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is towed up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 27, 2013. The event marks the North American debut of Hofman's Rubber Duck Project, which has taken place in other cities in Asia, Europe, Australia and South America. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
An inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing September 26, 2013. The 18-metre-high (59 ft.) inflatable sculpture will be displayed at the historic tourist attraction for a month, local media reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
An inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
An inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing September 26, 2013. The 18-metre-high (59 ft.) inflatable sculpture will be displayed at the historic tourist attraction for a month, local media reported. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
The inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats near the Bronze Ox statue, cast in 1755 during the Qing Dynasty, at the Summer Palace in Beijing October 24, 2013. The Rubber Duck will be deflated on October 27 at the Summer Palace, ending its tour in Beijing. The event organizer said over three million visitors have viewed the duck during the past month. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
The inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Hofman floats near the Bronze Ox statue at the Summer Palace in Beijing
The inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats near the Bronze Ox statue, cast in 1755 during the Qing Dynasty, at the Summer Palace in Beijing October 24, 2013. The Rubber Duck will be deflated on October 27 at the Summer Palace, ending its tour in Beijing. The event organizer said over three million visitors have viewed the duck during the past month. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54 feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54 feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54 feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is moved into Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World", is given a welcome ceremony by the Hong Kong Police band as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour, on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World" is given a warm welcome by young children from SDM Jazz and Ballet Academie, as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)
Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong
HONG KONG - MAY 02: Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijin Hofman's Floating duck sculpture called "Spreading Joy Around the World" is given a warm welcome by young children from SDM Jazz and Ballet Academie, as it is moved to the South Side of Ocean Terminal, Victoria Harbour on May 2, 2013 in Hong Kong. The "Rubber Duck", which is 16.5 meters high, will be in Hong Kong from May 2 to June 9. Since 2007, "Rubber Duck" has been traveling to 10 countries and 12 cities. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Getty Images)

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