World Record Duck Needs A House

Last month, Westport entered the record books.

Dozens of Maker Faire-goers joined in a globally crowd-sourced art and tech project. They created the world’s largest 3D printed duck.

Now they’re figuring out what to do with it.

The world record bird will appear at the Great Duck Race this Saturday (June 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parker Harding Plaza). He/she/it will cheer on much smaller plastic ducks, as they bob along the Saugatuck River.

But then what?

Maker Faire maestro Mark Mathias has put out an APB/SOS. The duck needs a home.

It must be indoors — in a place at least 6 feet tall. (Or 8 feet, if you want to keep the top hat.) Add another 5 inches, if you hang onto the wooden platform too.

Mathias’ best hope is that it go to someone who can display it for others. Wherever that is, it must stay there. Unlike actual ducks, this was not designed to move much.

It could promote something: creativity, art, even a business, Mathias suggests.

He hopes to deliver it to its new home immediately after the Duck Race. The person who loaned the trailer needs it back STAT.

If you’d like the world record duck, contact Mathias ASAP: mark@remarkablesteam.org; 203-226-1791.

Yours for the taking!

5 responses to “World Record Duck Needs A House

  1. Jennnifer Rosenwald

    It’s beautiful! I wait with bates breath to hear where it will live. School lobby, maybe??

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Am I seeing a “mini-me” version of that duck in the background? Trial run? Tee hee!

    • Yes, there is a “duckling” in the background of the lower photo. The 6 foot tall duck, which was sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club for Maker Faire Westport 2019, consists of 476 individual pieces and the tech lead was Greens Farms Academy. When we started thegreatduckproject.org in early February, inviting people from around the world to participate, we had no idea how many people would offer to “Be a Part of the Duck.” To our very pleasant surprise, in 2.5 weeks, all 476 pieces of the big duck had been requested. In fact, we had 300 MORE people want to participate, so a second team of high school students here in Westport was created to build “ducklings”, each one about 2 feet tall and consisting of about 140 pieces. There’s much more to this story, but we would like to find a good home for the big duck where people can enjoy it for a long time.

  3. Marlene H. Powers

    Westport doesn’t just have osprey. We have ducks!!

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