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Posankka, Turku, Finland

Anssi Koskinen, www.flickr.com/photos/ansik

Posankka, Turku, Finland

Posankka—an amalgamation of the Finnish words for “pig” and “duck”—is a 16-foot-tall cotton-candy-hued hybrid of a rubber duck and a marzipan pig. Created for a citywide environmental art project, the pig-duck is the brainchild of Alvar Gullichsen. According to the artist statement, the statue is a criticism of modern gene technology as well as a tribute to the city’s avant-garde tradition. His first idea for the project was an oil truck and industrial vacuum hybrid, called Bonk’s Atomic LLBH Succer, built to suck toxic waste from the Port of Turku and send it into outer space. Suddenly a pig-duck doesn’t sound so bizarre….

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